Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF)

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Photo by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray.

Photo by Tyler Wilkinson-Ray.

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Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF, colloquially known as Demo), a 2,681 acre working forest established in 1990 and managed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). SDSF is a favorite destination for Bay Area and Santa Cruz County mountain bikers and contains trails for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, with long climbs and challenging, technical descents.

Existing trails include Braille, Sawpit, Corral and Ridge, and the recently completed flow trail.

  • Bring plenty of drinking water.
  • Advanced terrain exists on mountain biking trails. Ride within your limits.
  • Practice trail etiquette. Ride at a safe speed.
  • Braille Trail, Flow Trail and Sawpit Trail are recommended for downhill traffic only. Watch for and expect two-way traffic on all other trails and roads.
  • Check signboards for any current closure areas.
  • Stay off trails during wet weather.
  • Report problems and hazards to SDSF staff. Call 911 in an emergency.
  • Watch for and expect forest management traffic on forest roads.
  • Please, NO night riding or unauthorized trail building or riding.

SDSF General Rules
Day use recreation only (dawn to dusk). No camping is permitted. No nighttime use is allowed. • Firearms of any kind are not allowed. • Motorcycles or any other motorized vehicles are not permitted. • Park smart. Don’t impede emergency access by blocking fire roads or gates. • Respect private property by not trespassing onto adjacent private lands. • Smoking or fires of any kind are not allowed in the forest due to the associated fire risks. • Horses and mountain bikes must stay on designated trails and roads. • Please do not litter- pack out what you pack in. • Practice Trail Etiquette. Be courteous to other forest users. Mountain bikers yield to horse riders and hikers, hikers yield to horse riders.Keep trails in good condition by not riding when it is raining or when soils are saturated. • California Fish and Wildlife regulations prohibit fishing in the East Branch of Soquel Creek.

Learn more about SDSF. Download the SDSF brochure and trail map here.


SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mick’s Automotive 3/29 volunteer work day recap; Specialized Bicycles 4/14 work day open for registration

April 1st, 2015

SDSF Flow Trail Update: Mick’s Automotive 3/29 volunteer work day recap; Specialized Bicycles 4/14 work day open for registration Mick’s Automotive SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap 53 volunteers showed up at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past … Continue reading

Press Release: No Santa Cruz Super Enduro for 2015

March 27th, 2015

March 27, 2015 • Santa Cruz CA — Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) today announced that their Santa Cruz Super Enduro (SCSE) fundraising event at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) will not run in 2015. The number of special use permits at SDSF … Continue reading

SDSF Flow Trail Update: Sign up for this Sunday’s (3/29) Volunteer Trail Work Day sponsored by Mick’s Automotive

March 26th, 2015

MBoSC SDSF Flow Trail Update: Sign up for this Sunday’s (3/29) Volunteer Trail Work Day sponsored by Mick’s Automotive Don’t forget! The next Volunteer Trail Work Day on the flow trail at SDSF is scheduled for this coming Sunday March … Continue reading

SDSF Flow Trail Update: Ibis Cycles 3/14 volunteer work day recap; Mick’s Automotive 3/29 work day open for registration

March 18th, 2015

Ibis Cycles SDSF Flow Trail Volunteer Work Day Recap
62 motivated volunteers threw in to put the finishing touches on Trail Head Cyclery-sponsored segment 6 of the flow trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) this past Saturday March 14. Continue reading