Soquel Demonstration Forest Mountain Bike Trail Map
Guide to the best mountain
biking trails in the
Soquel Demonstration Forest Area Summary
Soquel Demonstration Forest and The Forest of the Nisene Marks share a common boundary, similar topography and a plethora of evergreen trees. However, for mountain biking they couldn't be more different. Nisene Marks is largely defined by one major fire road. Soquel Forest is a playground of technical single-track mountain bike trails.
Beginners have one option...an out-and-back along Aptos Creek Fire Road. Advanced riders can combine a long fire road grind through Nisene Marks with the loop in Soquel or better yet, just ride the various Soquel loops all day.
The abundance of shade makes both areas great getaways on warm summer days. While big trees dominate the landscape, there are a few openings that afford great ocean views. But ultimately it's about the mountain biking. For advanced riders the Soquel forest is as good as it gets in the Bay Area.
Note: There have been some car break-ins near Soquel Demonstration Forest.
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Soquel Demonstration Forest Trails
Intermediate Level Trails
Aptos Creek Road - Long, graded fire road through redwoods. Steep in places.
Advanced Level Trails
Ridge Trail - Long, steeply rolling single-track through woods.
|Directions to trailhead(s):
The main trailhead for Nisene Marks is located on Aptos Creek Road, off of Soquel Drive near the center of Aptos. Parking is available along the road as Aptos Creek Road enters the Forest. The trailhead for Soquel is located on Highland Way, four miles east of the intersection with Summit Ave., which connects with Highway 17.