9.6 miles
Distance
1,549 ft
Climb
-1,826 ft
Descent
2,579 ft
High Point

One of the more popular routes at Demonstration Forest. Start at the parking lot. Take the road up to the start of the route, then follow the road to the benches.

Detailed Description
Braille Loop is a 10 mile popular intermediate route located near Santa Cruz California. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 1,549 ft with a max elevation of 2,579 ft then descends -1,826 ft.
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21 Reviews & Comments

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theshonen8899 (Sep 12, 2022 at 13:56)
Trail Ridge Trail
Really fun trail with nothing too difficult or intimidating. Everything is easy to walk if you don't feel comfortable with it. Don't let the black rating prevent you from taking this to Flow, it's a great trail for an intermediate rider to progress.
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NoelleER (Aug 6, 2022 at 18:27)
Trail Ridge Trail
So we rode the ridge to flow trail super fun . The flies on the way up lagoon were horrible 2/3 way up. The ridge was techy but doable. No dabing necessary except when u lose the line. The way back no one mentioned because it’s HORRIBLE!!! ~4 miles of gradual uphill with a few punches. So gassed drank 2 liters - it was about 85’ @ 2pm when we got to car, I think we started about 11. Okay Saw a few people on a Wednesday 1/2 on Ebikes. A local said weekends are busy.
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ottersports (May 27, 2022 at 14:44)
Trail Braille DH
Epic DH line. Not to advanced, but lots of chunder
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jstn4102 (May 9, 2022 at 10:18)
Trail Ridge Trail
I feel like Ridge should be rated as a Black. I think as another commenter pointed out, the trail is getting more technical over time. There are sections of ridge that have consecutive root drops, and technical steep and chunky rollers. There are also small sections of the uphill sections of ridge that are pretty technical and I see most riders dab.
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Kidklayko (May 11, 2022 at 10:35)
Trail Ridge Trail
Agreed it has one little rock garden that can be a little tricky, though I think part of the reasons it's eroded so fast is because of the E-bikes that sneak in.
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spokesmanmtb (May 16, 2022 at 11:37)
Trail Ridge Trail
Ebikes aren’t allowed, but I don’t think that they are the reason the trail is wearing out.
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Danial2L1Ihi (Jul 2, 2022 at 13:22)
Trail Ridge Trail
True but I see them there quite a bit
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Kidklayko (Jul 2, 2022 at 18:00)
Trail Ridge Trail
Exactly
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mweitz (May 8, 2022 at 18:32)
Trail Braille DH
I did Braille then flow. The pedal out sucked but I liked having more emerge for Braille as it is a bit more physically challenging than Flow. Next time I’ll try Flow first.

It really isn’t that hard and you can go over the gnarly sections slowly if you have decent brakes.
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steelispossiblyreal (Feb 27, 2022 at 8:20)
Trail Ridge Trail
This is a great way to get your descending legs after climbing for a while. Solid warmup before you drop Braille or Flow. Some swoop natural flow, rock gardens, side hits.
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kris142b (Dec 5, 2021 at 19:11)
Somehow managed to find myself on this trail today trying to get to Flow trail. 10/10 do not recommend. Got 3 miles downhill before realizing something isnt right. Not a fun walk back up.
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Roadkilltester (Sep 28, 2020 at 23:03)
Great ride but avoid the weekends...crazy busy. Weekdays are so much better with smaller crowds. It’s dry but that what you get until the rain starts.
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bowersdaniel9 (Jul 17, 2020 at 13:49)
Trail Ridge Trail
Ridge is getting more technical as it erodes
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okcorrell (May 25, 2020 at 20:16)
The closed section is now open. Happy riding!
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Goatheadtom (Feb 23, 2020 at 12:40)
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Karlvision (Dec 8, 2019 at 20:17)
Trail Braille DH
Mostly firm but wet today. There were a few puddles that are easily avoided. There are at least two spots that have large downed trees laying across the trail.
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 4, 2019 at 12:14)
Trail Braille DH
Braille is a great second lap if you're doing a big day in Demo Forest. Do the Flow Trail first then climb back up Sulphur Spring Road and hit Braille for round two. It is VERY different from Flow. Flow is a fast, bermed machine-built track whereas Braille is very much raw, steep old-school DH. I love them both! Read more about both trails here twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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cosmicheretic (Feb 25, 2018 at 22:59)
Trail Braille DH
Rode it today and your description is bang on. I prefer it to the flow trails buff rollers. The steep narrow sections with root drops are good fun!
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owenb723 (Dec 12, 2017 at 18:09)
So Awesome must ride
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aguynamedjoe SCMTS Staff (Sep 5, 2017 at 7:11)
Buzzard Lagoon is best ridden on a cross bike as a segment of a longer ride, like Up Eureka Canyon, Down Buzzard. It does have a great view of the Monterey Bay halfway down.
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aguynamedjoe SCMTS Staff (Aug 13, 2017 at 18:54)
Trail Braille DH
Braille is a nice opposite of Flow, the next trail down Ridge you can choose to ride. Braille is "Natural". It has hard stuff, jump ramps, steepness, and narrow sectors that follow the natural contour of the hill. There are go-arounds for all the jumps that have been built, but some of the steep sectors are scalloped and have root drops that we all have to deal with. I think those are what gives it a Black Diamond. As I mentioned, it's the opposite of Flow, which is buff, bermed, pumped, and manicured. The Demo, and we riders, are so lucky we have BOTH to choose from.
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More Stats for Braille Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -277 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,051 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,919 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,644 ft
  • Grade
    -0.5%
  • Grade max
    -71.8%
  • Grade min
    27.1%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,454 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Tree down across road near the 1.5 mi marker
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Tree down past Tractor covers whole trail.
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