2.5 miles
Distance
122 ft
Climb
-779 ft
Descent
00:22:43
Avg time
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Ridge Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Soquel Demonstration State Forest
    Santa Cruz, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (8 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Log Ride, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #189 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #33195 in Trail Running
    • #24349 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 45 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    CAL FIRE

Ridge is the launching point for most of the descents found in the Demo. All the DH trails start from Ridge, and Ridge connects them all at the top. It's a fun trail with lots of turns, a couple rock gardens, and a couple of Up-Pitches that test your ability to change speed rapidly (fast to slow) as you clear them. There are gathering spots at every trail head where riders can group up - the start at Rosalia, the top of Corral, the top of Sulphur (the helipad), the top of Braille, and the top of Flow. It is mostly ridden fast in the DOWNHILL direction, but sometimes people climb - if you climb, be aware that no one expects to see you, so listen carefully and get ready to give way.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Ridge Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -657 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,884 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,541 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,541 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,883 ft
  • Grade
    -5%
  • Grade max
    -30.1%
  • Grade min
    27.1%
  • Distance climb
    1,703 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,158 ft
  • Avg time
    00:22:43
  • Avg reverse time
    00:46:50
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Status:
on May 21, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.65 (39 votes)
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      Ridge Trail Trail Reports

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      May 21, 2024 @ 5:01pm
      May 21, 2024
      Soquel Demonstration State Forest is CLOSED Monday through Friday effective May 1, 2024. Active timber operations including log truck traffic on...
      Apr 27, 2024 @ 10:38pm
      Apr 27, 2024
      Apr 7, 2024 @ 2:56am
      Apr 7, 2024
      Mar 23, 2024 @ 8:05am
      Mar 23, 2024
      black diamond technical section(s) more exposed than they were a few months ago so it's harder through there. Stay on the cockpit side of the bars!
      Mar 17, 2024 @ 3:26pm
      Mar 17, 2024
      Trees down
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 79 rides
      • 32.6 km avg distance
      6 Months
      • 828 rides
      • 30.5 km avg distance
      All
      • 13,660 rides
      • Last: May 27, 2024

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      May 8, 2013 @ 3:59pm
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      Feb 3, 2015 @ 8:05pm
      Feb 3, 2015
      38 |
      Apr 18, 2022 @ 8:06am
      Apr 18, 2022
      45 |
      Apr 18, 2022 @ 8:05am
      Apr 18, 2022

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