4,806 ft
Distance
-353 ft
Descent
00:05:14
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Flow 1 Trail

Flow Trail 1 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Soquel Demonstration State Forest
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, DJ
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #122 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #47227 in Trail Running
    • #14868 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 60 in Trail Running
    • 75 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

Built specifically for mountain bikes, a flow trail emphasizes speed and rhythm, featuring berms, rollers, jumps and other features that are designed in a way that uses the rider’s momentum to minimize pedaling and braking (think downhill pump track). From the young (or not so young) beginner, to the downhill pro, a flow trail delivers smiles for riders of all ages and skill level.

MBoSC has partnered with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to build a four mile flow trail in Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). The objectives of this project are to promote mountain biking by creating a progressive trail that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and ability level, and to increase the diversity of riding opportunities, demonstrate innovative and sustainable trail building design and techniques, and provide a model for other land managers for similar types of projects.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Flow Trail 1 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -353 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,684 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,037 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,037 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,683 ft
  • Grade
    -7.3%
  • Grade max
    -34.5%
  • Distance down
    4,665 ft
  • Distance flat
    141 ft
  • Avg time
    00:05:14
  • Avg reverse time
    00:10:47
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Status:
on Dec 18, 2022
Ideal
Avg: 4.7 (42 votes)
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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
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  • Very Dry
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 981 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 12,296 rides
      • Last: Jan 28, 2023

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      Apr 18, 2022 @ 8:07am
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      Dec 1, 2020 @ 8:21am
      Dec 1, 2020
      862 |
      Apr 17, 2019 @ 11:22pm
      Apr 17, 2019
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      Aug 19, 2018 @ 12:22pm
      Aug 19, 2018

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      Flow Trail loop14 miles
      Flow Loop via Bussard14 miles
      Flow/Braille Double Lap18 miles
      Santa Cruz Flow Trail3 miles

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      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      TerrariaNoob348 (Dec 31, 2022 at 18:51)
      Really nice ride. It was a little out of shape when we rode it back in July. The climb out is pretty tough though, so don’t waste all your energy on the DH.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      crabkilla (Nov 20, 2022 at 20:43)
      Ride the edges of the trail to avoid the potholes or you could end up at the end with no teeth as you will be shook to death
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      ervinb123 (Nov 20, 2022 at 19:56)
      Sur Ron at Demo today. Because the trails aren’t blown out enough without Moto traffic.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      crabkilla (Oct 31, 2022 at 16:52)
      Oct 29, 2022 report - trail is bone dryer with lots and lots of pot holes. Gets better as you get to Segment 3 and beyond
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      slmuller (Dec 14, 2021 at 10:48)
      Holy brake bumps Batman y'all gotta figure out how to stay off the stoppers
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      mtbflauto (Feb 3, 2021 at 11:37)
      How is the trail right now? Is it still running rough from last season?
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Cabothe89 (Jan 3, 2021 at 19:42)
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Emilianofloressaenz (Oct 26, 2020 at 6:46)
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 3
      twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:20)
      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
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Olemanmtb (Jun 30, 2018 at 3:24)
      Superb and highly recommend
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      14:39 | 1072 | Dec 14, 2018 , Santa Cruz
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      13:49 | 704 | May 24, 2018 , Santa Cruz
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