ElevationAscent: 3,112' 948 m
Descent: -3,106' -947 m
High: 2,577' 785 m
Low: 787' 240 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Fire road climbing to two singletrack trails with plentiful features and flow.”— Josh Dulberger
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
The requisite singletrack is mostly moderate with some slightly dicier sections, curvy, banked, and fun as could be.
Need to Know
There might also be some shuttle options worth exploring.
This trail is fun, quite moderate, with one challenging but short rocky climb, and a deeply rutted out section (that can be ridden around). Once joined back with the previously branched fork, head left to continue climbing. Stay on the main fire road for some time, crossing through a gate in the road. Shortly after this there is an obvious trail map and sign, the start of Ridge Trail.
From here things are signed fairly well and it is easy and fun to ride Ridge and Braille! An additional smaller loop can be made by climbing back up Sulphur Spring instead of returning all the way to the parking lot. This is a steep climb but will allow you to ride Braille all over again!
Braille is a blast, if not as long as one might like. There are plentiful features of a variety of sizes and technical difficult, well-built bank turns, and some terrific singletrack. It is entirely downhill and goes fast. Careful through some of the roots, they might catch you if you're not paying attention.
After having some fun on Braille Trail, turn right onto Hihn's Mill Road. Continue for a short distance to Sulphur Springs Rd. Once there, turn right where you'll climb back to the top of the ridge. Once atop the ridge, turn right and ride past Braille Trail. Shortly thereafter, you'll reach Flow Trail, a newly developed experience for the Santa Cruz area.
The trail is fast in some sections but with a continuous grade of probably 4-5% so nothing steep. It is very smooth and doesn't require a full suspension bike. Ridge Trail down to Flow Trail is probably a rougher ride in itself.
Flow Trail features ripping tight turns right out of the gate. You'll then encounter a couple chest high horseshoe berms that really get you going. From there, continue on through sections with long, smooth sight lines and rollers that allow you to pump each corner that comes.
Continuing across the spur roads and Tractor Road pops you into a quick, steep descent into a hard right-hand turn, watch your speed here. By this time your lungs are probably ready to burst but you still have one more section to go! The final portion of trail heads down into some really sweet S berms and more BIG bermed turns.
Finally, you'll be back at Hihn's Mill Road where you'll have to climb back out to the parking lot, or head back to Ridge Trail to do it all over again!
Local Club: Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz
May 27, 2020: Sawpit Trail Reroute is Ready to Ride!
Land Manager: Cal Fire - Demonstration State Forests