Best Mountain Biking in Santa Cruz

Looking for the best mountain biking in Santa Cruz? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Santa Cruz. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike the Rincon Fire Trail

    The Rincon Fire Trail Starts at a small dirt parking lot next to CA-9 and traverses down the mountain to the San Lorenzo River Connecting with the Pipeline Trail. The trail can be a simple one of a mile out and back or up to 5 miles depending on y...

    1 miles 300 ft gain

  • Seaside Ride Along Old Cove Landing

    The Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch is the perfect destination for a relaxing bike ride. The 3 mile loop starts at Wilder Ranch Visitor Center/Park Store, takes you past their Brussels sprout fields and on to a coastline trail. From the Vis...

  • Take a Stroll on the Redwood Grove Loop

    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located just a few miles north of the city of Santa Cruz, along Highway 9. The park is home to an array of hiking and biking trails, but the crown jewel of the park is the Redwood Grove Loop Trail, which is only...

    0.8 miles 20 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike Soquel Demonstration Forest

    As with many trail systems there are multiple routes and loops available at Sequel Demonstration forest of varying lengths and difficulty. The 3 main trails are all accessed via the same parking area on highland way. The most popular trail is the ...

    11 miles 2070 ft gain

  • Hike the Hacienda Trail

    The Hacienda Trail remains open year-round. Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail is also used by horseback riders and nature trips.  There are benches and picnic tables along the trail. The best place to park is at t...

    3.6 miles 764 ft gain

  • Hike the New Almaden Trail

    Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash! This route is used by trail runners, mountain bikers, birding expeditions, and nature trips. The trail also happens to be a popular geocaching location.  The trail offers shade, but bring w...

    14.1 miles 2555 ft gain

  • Hike the Quicksilver Trail

    The trails are well maintained and offer good visibility. The trail can be muddy after it rains, and does not have much shade (so bring extra water in the summer).  Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash. Keep your eyes peeled fo...

    5.1 miles 915 ft gain

  • Hike the Figueroa and Cottle Loop Trail

    Wildflowers bloom along the trail in the spring. The trail is accessible year-round and is open for dogs. The peak has amazing views of the valley and cities.  The park is also used for canoeing. 

    8.5 miles 1968 ft gain

  • Explore Santa Teresa County Park

    The Santa Teresa County Park loop is perfect for wildlife viewing! Be ready to see deer, coyote, hawks, turkeys, pigs and cows. The trail is rated as moderate - be cautious with mud if you are visiting the park after a rain shower. Dogs are allowe...

    8.3 miles 2053 ft gain

  • Hike the Seven Springs Trail Loop

    The Seven Springs loop is only one great option of several in the preserve. Starting from the Prospect Rd parking lot the loop is 2.8 miles of rolling hills in and out of the shade. Most of the trail is at least 2 person width so easy to walk with...

    2.8 miles 500 ft gain

  • Bike at Asilomar State Beach

    At Asilomar State Beach, adventure is accessible in many forms. I had the opportunity to rent a bike from Adventures by the Sea. Rentals start at $25, and while you are not permitted to ride along the boardwalk that leads you to the beach, you may...

  • Mountain Bike Skyline Ridge Preserve

    There are a bunch of beginner to intermediate mountain biking trails at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (click here for a trail map).  There are some beginner mountain biking classes that come here to learn. You can find specific trails that mat...

    3.5 miles 313 ft gain