1 miles
81 ft
-1,088 ft
Avg time

Braille DH Details

  • Riding area
    Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Whenever it isn't too muddy.
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    US Forest Service

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
More Stats for Braille DH mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,006 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,040 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,052 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,046 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,040 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    888 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    295 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Nov 11, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 4.75 (17 votes)

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Braille DH Trail Reports

Nov 11, 2017 @ 9:14am
Nov 11, 2017
Oct 7, 2017 @ 11:30am
Oct 7, 2017
10" diameter tree down about 1/3 from top on Left banked slot turn, no go around.....didn't have my saw today!
Sep 23, 2017 @ 3:53pm
Sep 23, 2017
Sep 4, 2017 @ 2:12pm
Sep 4, 2017
Wee touch of rain on the mtn today. After the BOILING hot week.
Aug 9, 2017 @ 8:19pm
Aug 9, 2017
Very loose, and very dry. Moon dust for days.
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Jun 19, 2016 @ 9:39pm
Jun 19, 2016
Braille DH, Santa Cruz

1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag joefabris (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.

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