Soquel Demonstration Forest, aka Demo Forest, is definitely one of our favorite local riding spots. Though it does take some determination to get there these days: it’s located in a remote spot in the Santa Cruz mountains and to to drive to the traditional starting point (coming from San Jose) one needs to negotiate a section of road which has almost completely been wiped out by a landslide – because of this, a part of Highland road is officially ‘closed’, though no one pays much attention to this fact. One of these days the road will probably disappear completely – just think that the probability that it happens while you’re on it can be considered to be pretty small, unless you’d be hauling a semi truck over it or so. Another concern is the occurrence of car break-ins at the parking spot, in particular on weekdays, when there aren’t much people around.
No problems whatsoever this Saturday though – only bliss and happy faces. The fantastic singletrack (Ridge! Braille! etc) was responsible for this but also the excellent folks of Trailhead Cyclery in San Jose who put up another one of their great ‘Demo at Demo’ events. Riders who showed up were able to test ride Yeti’s, Intense, Ibis and Specialized rigs. I took the occasion to give the Intense 5.5 29er a spin, a pretty sweet ride indeed.
A bike shop that goes through such efforts (hauling all that stuff into the middle of nowhere and staffing it the whole day) to please the local bike enthusiasts can only be recommended – thanks again THC!
On the photo below, some Demo candy of yesterday… more on the trip page!