2,057 ft
Distance
7 ft
Climb
-157 ft
Descent
00:02:09
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Flow 5 Trail

Flow Trail 5 Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Soquel Demonstration State Forest
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, DJ
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #138 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #46902 in Trail Running
    • #14677 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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 5 mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -148 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,069 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,219 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,219 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,073 ft
  • Grade
    -7.2%
  • Grade max
    -38.8%
  • Grade min
    12.1%
  • Distance climb
    371 ft
  • Distance down
    1,404 ft
  • Distance flat
    282 ft
  • Avg time
    00:02:09
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:48
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Status:
on Oct 23, 2021
Very Dry
Avg: 4.6 (28 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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  • mountain biking (>6 month)
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      Flow Trail 5 Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 20 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 1,488 rides
      • 17 miles avg distance
      All
      • 6,046 rides
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      Photos

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      Nov 3, 2018 @ 8:55pm
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      110 |
      Oct 29, 2018 @ 2:40am
      Oct 29, 2018
      132 |
      Oct 29, 2018 @ 2:39am
      Oct 29, 2018

      Routes with this trail

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      Flow Trail loop
      14 miles
      Flow/Braille Double Lap
      18 miles
      Flow Loop via Bussard
      14 miles
      Santa Cruz Flow Trail
      3 miles

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      4 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      WillieB (Nov 11, 2019 at 22:08)
       This is the sickest segment
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      twowheeledwanderer (Dec 3, 2019 at 11:21)
       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
      davidtzlu (Oct 14, 2020 at 13:49)
       Tree down around blind corner.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      spokesmanmtb (Oct 14, 2020 at 16:37)
       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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      Videos

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      Riding the longest flow trail in CA
      15:17 | 150 | Oct 16, 2020 , Santa Cruz
      youtuber Soquel Demo pt2 : Santa Cruz Bronson v3 on...
      9:39 | 265 | May 27, 2020 , Santa Cruz
      Gravel Bike v2 Soquel Demo Flow Part2 :...
      5:52 | 429 | Mar 11, 2020 , Santa Cruz
      Braille Flow #2
      8:20 | 193 | Nov 2, 2019 , Santa Cruz
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