Demo Forest Flow Trail

One of the best flow trails in the nation rests beneath towering trees in Soquel Demonstration Forest

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
18 km
Ascent
616 m
Descent
616 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
244 m
High Point
669 m
Gradient
Demo Forest Flow Trail Map

Soquel Demonstration Forest, or "Demo Forest" for short, has long been one of the must-ride trails in California. In 2015, a new addition to this iconic network was completed: the Flow Trail.

Description

The Demo Forest Flow Trail drops about 1,250 vertical feet over the course of 3.75 miles, according to an article on MTBR.com. "It takes the average rider about 15 minutes to descend the trail with very little pedaling involved," writes Francis Cebedo on MTBR.com. "The trail is simply that long as the hundreds of berms and undulations never cease to excite and involve the rider. Unlike most trails with straightaways and mundane parts that rack up the mileage, this trail always undulates up and down an turns left and right with massive berms demanding complete focus from the rider."

Like all well-built flow trails, the Demo Forest Flow Trail is accessible to riders of all ability levels. Beginners and intermediates can roll the tabletops and flow through the berms while advanced riders can air out the tables and rip into the sharp bermed turns. That said, according to BayAreaRides.com, "if I had to make a comparison with the only other flow trail of this kind currently in existence in the Bay Area, this Flow Trail features a noticeably higher difficulty level and skill requirements than Endor Trail at Camp Tamarancho."

"This trail has more aggressive slopes and angles in some of the dips and rises it follows and features several steep ramps clearly meant for catching some serious air," the writer continues.

The Flow Trail has become an instant favorite, but unfortunately, this massive popularity in a part of the nation that's home to thousands of mountain bikers means this trail suffers the effects of significant usage, like braking bumps, potholes, and cupped berms. Local riders continue to work on and maintain the trail to help keep it in good condition, but those maintenance efforts can only go so far.

Wear and tear aside, the Demo Forest Flow Trail deserves a spot on your hit list!

Sources: http://reviews.mtbr.com/first-segments-of-new-flow-trail-at-soquel-demonstration-state-forest-now-open https://bayarearides.com/rides/demo4/ https://calfire.ca.gov/resourcemgt/downloads/Soquel/SDSFBrochure.pdf

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Flow
  • Road sections
  • Tabletops

Equipment required

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