A technical descent harkening back to the days of old school freeride.


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Soquel Demonstration Forest, or "Demo Forest" for short, has long been one of the must-ride trails in California.

The classic Demo Forest trails can be best characterized as old school freeride descents.

While most of the built-up features can be bypassed, these trails are steep and technical.

Optional kickers, log rides, and wallrides abound in the deep forest.

Steep, loamy singletrack is the complete opposite of the modern sustainable trail building techniques of today. According to BayAreaRides.com, "the [Braille] trail does get seriously steep in its descent in a number of places, but even if you're not an advanced rider, you'll hardly be caught off guard by any of these.

You'll always have a chance to stop and walk down the trickier parts, unless you're really not paying any attention.

Still, definitely be extra cautious at least during your first ride down Braille Trail." Due to the old school freeride nature of the trails, the features are a bit blind with short sight lines.

According to an article on Singletracks.com, "this place should be progressively more fun each time you ride it since you would have a chance to memorize the position of each element and learn how to link everything together into a line as you descend the mountain.

Knowing the features would also be advantageous as you could learn the speed required and the amount of air that each would serve up." Sources: https://bayarearides.com/rides/demo2/ https://calfire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/downloads/Soquel/SDSF_Brochure.pdf