1.4 miles
3 ft
-991 ft
Avg time

Braille DH Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Santa Cruz
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (6 votes)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Whenever it isn't too muddy.
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #504 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager
    California Department of Forestry & Fire

Braille is steep and natural. The trailhead off Ridge Trail has signage to call the top. As you enter on a fairly flat sector, you'll do a couple esses and soon come to a log drop of about 3-4 feet, and from there, it gets fun. Looking around as you descend you'll see at least 5 ramp jumps built by trail gnomes. Inspect them before you try them, as at one time or another they have all been awesome. But conditions cause change. It is easy to skip them and try them at a later date. The other items you'll find as you descend are steep (steep) scalloped skinny lines over roots. There is a skinny bridge and a teeter totter about half way down (easy to go-round). You can choose one or the other, but hitting both at speed is tough as they are not in line. As you get closer to the bottom the trail weaves between redwoods and has one G-out that may catch you in the wrong gear forcing you over a skinny a redwood ramp - 3 ft. gully bridge. Near the bottom is a fat four foot high fatty log with a ramp up and a huck to flat on the other end. Easy to by-pass, rewarding to hit. A new-ish route at the bottom has you come out parallel to the fire road. It was done to reduce getting t-boned on the fire road, but it requires a pedal stroke or four to get off the Braille.

Access Info

Take the road outside the park to the crest at Eureka Canyon, then ride up Buzzard lagoon into Nisene, and then to Rosalita for the Demo entrance. Then ride Ridge to the second trail (past Coral). Signs at the trailhead call out Braille.


Go down the fireroad and take Sulphur up, turn right at the Helipad, then within 400m is the trailhead with signage.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Braille DH mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -988 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,066 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,054 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,053 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,066 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    112 ft
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    121 ft
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on May 30, 2022
Avg: 4.8 (47 votes)
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      Braille DH Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 21 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 555 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      • 5,351 rides


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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 5
      aguynamedjoe SCMTS Staff (Aug 13, 2017 at 18:54)
       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.
      • + 1
      cosmicheretic (Feb 25, 2018 at 22:59)
       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!
      • + 3
      twowheeledwanderer (Dec 4, 2019 at 12:14)
       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
      • + 1
      Karlvision (Dec 8, 2019 at 20:17)
       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.
      • + 0
      mweitz (May 8, 2022 at 18:32)
       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.
      • + 0
      ottersports (May 27, 2022 at 14:44)
       Epic DH line. Not to advanced, but lots of chunder


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