16.4 miles
Distance
3,120 ft
Climb
-3,111 ft
Descent
2,163 ft
High Point

Straight and to the point. Two laps on one of the best trails in the world.

Many people have reported cars being broken into along the road, keep your stuff out of site and safe. Parking in the "inner" dirt parking lot over the bridge and up the janky dirt road may be a better option with less opportunity for a smash and grab.

Weekends are very, very busy in the parking lot, but the trail is able to hold a LOT of folks without feeling crowded.

The ride starts with 2 miles of downhill on a dirt road and then ends with 4 miles of pain on a dirt road. The ride is well worth it even with this extra kick in the teeth.

If you're slow, pull over and let people pass the second you sense someone coming behind you. If you're fast, get ahead of as many people as possible, because you'll catch up to people quickly. If you're worried about it, ride on a weekday.

The second run is always a little more fast and a lot more fun, but it also means you'll be drained. Plan accordingly with plenty of food and water.

Climbing Tractor Trail for the second lap is HARD, but it also gives you the option of bailing out on the way up and doing partial segments of the Flow Trail.

Detailed Description
Trail One List - Double Demo Flow is a 16 mile popular intermediate route located near Santa Cruz California. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 8 trails. This route climbs 3,120 ft with a max elevation of 2,163 ft then descends -3,111 ft.
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21 Reviews & Comments

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frankfaustino (Feb 1, 2022 at 20:11)
can't wait to ride this one!
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slmuller (Dec 14, 2021 at 10:48)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Holy brake bumps Batman y'all gotta figure out how to stay off the stoppers
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slmuller (Dec 14, 2021 at 10:48)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Holy brake bumps Batman y'all gotta figure out how to stay off the stoppers
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mtbflauto (Feb 3, 2021 at 11:37)
Trail Flow Trail 1
How is the trail right now? Is it still running rough from last season?
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mtbflauto (Feb 3, 2021 at 11:37)
Trail Flow Trail 1
How is the trail right now? Is it still running rough from last season?
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Cabothe89 (Jan 3, 2021 at 19:42)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Flow trail is very wet right now (and will be more wet after rain this week)! Pls don’t ride until it dries out so the trail doesn’t get ruined Smile
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Cabothe89 (Jan 3, 2021 at 19:42)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Flow trail is very wet right now (and will be more wet after rain this week)! Pls don’t ride until it dries out so the trail doesn’t get ruined Smile
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Emilianofloressaenz (Oct 26, 2020 at 6:46)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Rode yesterday and this trail has seen better days suuuuper blown out with huge brake holes kinda sad to see hopefully they fix it by next season
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Emilianofloressaenz (Oct 26, 2020 at 6:46)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Rode yesterday and this trail has seen better days suuuuper blown out with huge brake holes kinda sad to see hopefully they fix it by next season
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davidtzlu (Oct 14, 2020 at 13:49)
Trail Flow Trail 5
Tree down around blind corner.
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spokesmanmtb (Oct 14, 2020 at 16:37)
Trail Flow Trail 5
Is this the tree that is down at the very bottom of the trail on the fire road? If so, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a blind corner, but it is a tiny bit of a surprise. I had plenty of time to slow down when I saw it. And it’s not actually on the trail, it’s after the trail.
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:21)
Trail Flow Trail 5
The Flow Trail is so fun! It's 3.4 miles of fast, flowy singletrack with machine-built berms and lots of little rollers to catch air. Climbing up to the top is no joke, though... I wrote a post about everything you need to know about the Flow Trail and Demo Forest twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:21)
Trail Flow Trail 4
The Flow Trail is so fun! It's 3.4 miles of fast, flowy singletrack with machine-built berms and lots of little rollers to catch air. Climbing up to the top is no joke, though... I wrote a post about everything you need to know about the Flow Trail and Demo Forest twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:20)
Trail Flow Trail 3
The Flow Trail is so fun! It's 3.4 miles of fast, flowy singletrack with machine-built berms and lots of little rollers to catch air. Climbing up to the top is no joke, though... I wrote a post about everything you need to know about the Flow Trail and Demo Forest twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:20)
Trail Flow Trail 2
The Flow Trail is so fun! It's 3.4 miles of fast, flowy singletrack with machine-built berms and lots of little rollers to catch air. Climbing up to the top is no joke, though... I wrote a post about everything you need to know about the Flow Trail and Demo Forest twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:20)
Trail Flow Trail 1
The Flow Trail is so fun! It's 3.4 miles of fast, flowy singletrack with machine-built berms and lots of little rollers to catch air. Climbing up to the top is no joke, though... I wrote a post about everything you need to know about the Flow Trail and Demo Forest twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:20)
Trail Flow Trail 1
The Flow Trail is so fun! It's 3.4 miles of fast, flowy singletrack with machine-built berms and lots of little rollers to catch air. Climbing up to the top is no joke, though... I wrote a post about everything you need to know about the Flow Trail and Demo Forest twowheeledwanderer.com/posts/santa-cruz-flow-trail
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WillieB (Nov 11, 2019 at 22:08)
Trail Flow Trail 5
This is the sickest segment
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Olemanmtb (Jun 30, 2018 at 3:28)
Trail Flow Trail 6
Superb and highly recommend. Rode all 6 hats off to persons who maintain these trails at Demo Forest
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Olemanmtb (Jun 30, 2018 at 3:24)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Superb and highly recommend
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Olemanmtb (Jun 30, 2018 at 3:24)
Trail Flow Trail 1
Superb and highly recommend
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  • Altitude min
    777 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,633 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,644 ft
  • Grade max
    -34.5%
  • Grade min
    46.7%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,090 ft
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