1 miles
Distance
69 ft
Climb
-1,075 ft
Descent
00:12:10
Avg time

Braille DH Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
    Santa Cruz
    , California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Whenever it isn't too muddy.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Drop, Jump, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #417 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    80 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.

or

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

More Stats for Braille DH 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
    -13.421%
  • Grade max
    -43.637%
  • Grade min
    29.074%
  • Distance climb
    847 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    227 ft
  • Avg time
    00:12:10
  • Avg reverse time
    00:34:14
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Status:
on Jan 12, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (26 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
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  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
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      Braille DH Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 12, 2020 @ 10:05am
      Jan 12, 2020
      Jan 1, 2020 @ 6:37pm
      Jan 1, 2020
      Dec 21, 2019 @ 1:43pm
      Dec 21, 2019
      Two big down trees, otherwise perfect dirt.
      Dec 21, 2019 @ 1:43pm
      Dec 21, 2019
      Two down trees, otherwise perfect dirt.
      Dec 8, 2019 @ 8:24pm
      Dec 8, 2019
      There are a few spots with large fallen trees.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 12 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 383 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,559 rides
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      Photos

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      12 |
      Dec 22, 2019 @ 3:43pm
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      Jul 1, 2019 @ 3:35pm
      Jul 1, 2019
      143 |
      May 29, 2019 @ 4:02pm
      May 29, 2019
      128 |
      May 29, 2019 @ 4:02pm
      May 29, 2019

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Demo Braille Bomber
      12 miles
      Braille Loop
      10 miles
      Flow/Braille Double Lap
      18 miles

      Trail Products

      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      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.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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!
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag 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.
      [Reply]

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