MTB around Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a college town, youthful and friendly, one of the towns we liked best. It feels utterly Californian, perhaps in a stereotypical way, with surfers, boardwalks, and splendid singletrack. We spent a couple of days in a motel riding in the main mountainbike area Wilder Ranch. The trails vary from fast winding trails to really gnarly technically challenging. In August one tends to prefer those that are in the shade under a dense tree panoply.

There is an excellent map available on line, on the www-pages of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Sand on Wilder Ridge Loop

Climbing the Horseman‘s Trail

Wilder Ridge Loop

Wilder Ridge Loop

Horseman‘s Trail

Enchanted Loop

Flowers on Enchanted Loop

Gnarly descent on Enchanted Loop

Old Cabin Trail

Twin Otter

Wild Boar

Ridge Loop

Zane Gray Cut Off


Zane Gray Cut off

Overlooking the Pacific, Zane Gray Cut Off