Explore the most popular trails in Soquel Demonstration State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hours: sunrise to sunset

As of July 22, Aptos Creek Road is CLOSED WEEKDAYS FROM 6:30am to 4:00pm while Cal Fire conducts wildfire mitigation (ie. removal of dry brush, trees, etc.) with heavy machinery. I attempted to access the Flow Trail from this direction today (September 17) but found the road to be closed at the intersection of Aptos Creek Road and Buzzard Lagoon Road. I rode down Buzzard Lagoon Road to Cusack’s Trail and ascended Cusack’s Trail but was met with more closure signs where Cusack’s Trail intersects Aptos Creek Road. Here, I was met by a CA State Parks Ranger who was patrolling the road. He informed me of Aptos Creek Road’s 4:00pm opening. I ended up riding back down to the parking area on Highland Way and taking Hihn’s Mill Road to Sulphur Springs Road....Sulphur Springs Road to Ridge Trail...Ridge Trail to Flow Trail...Flow Trail to Hihn’s Mill Road...Hihn’s Mill Road to Highland Way. This is currently the best way to access Flow Trail, Braille, etc. before 4:00pm on weekdays. Enjoy!

Burms, Burms, Burms! Be ready to commit though. There is a big climb to the top and a big climb out.

mountain biking
2 months ago

The flow trail section is only about 3 miles, but one of the funnest trails I've ever done. Not very challenging, just fast and flowy.

This is a heavy mountain biking trail. Not much fun for hiking when you have to stop every 20 min to let mountain bikers pass. The forest has also been heavily logged in the past so you see the husks of once majestic trees

Berm city.

mountain biking
muddy
4 months ago

Amazing!! A little muddy still but overall Great!!!

Epic ride. Trail was in great shape. Not too muddy and not crowded at all!

Awesome system, Flow Trail does not disappoint, make sure to follow the loop clockwise

mountain biking
muddy
8 months ago

Great trail for anyone willing to put in some suffer sessions

mountain biking
Sunday, September 02, 2018

An entertaining trail. I am not a good jumper, and it is still fun to ride the 6 segments of the Flow trail. I think this will be more fun over time.

mountain biking
Monday, August 13, 2018

Great trail, even suitable for beginner mountain bikers if they take their time (but may have to walk around short rock gardens on the Ridge Trail). Not a steep climb overall, just a little long, but well worth the effort getting to the top to ride the awesome flow trail down.

mountain biking
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Great trails

mountain biking
Saturday, January 06, 2018

epic fun trail

The trail is not usable, the segment between Hihns Sulphur Spring Road and Aptos Creek Fire Road is on private property and there is a no trespass sign. As an alternative you can take Buzzard Lagoon Road, start from where it crosses Highland Way and from there you can access Aptos Creek Fire Road.

mountain biking
2 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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