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California Coast Mountain Bike Tour

Summary

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Our trip offers a little bit of everything on our scenic ride in the surrounding area of Santa Cruz, California. Many routes are above 7,000 feet, and peak climbs require healthy lungs, but the phenomenal singletrack riding coupled with remarkable scenery make the effort well worthwhile.

Mountain bike
4 days
137 km / 85 mi
$ 2,056.-
  • Riding the coastal cliffs above the Pacific
  • Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Full day devoted to purpose-built mountain bike trails.
  • El Corte Madera State Park: a full day of riding splendor amongst giant Redwoods
  • Deposit for this tour is $500.-pp

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Details

Type
Mountain bike
Duration
4 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
Total distance
137 km / 85 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Not included
Dates
01 Sep 2022 - 04 Sep 2022
08 Sep 2022 - 11 Sep 2022
15 Sep 2022 - 18 Sep 2022
22 Sep 2022 - 25 Sep 2022
29 Sep 2022 - 02 Oct 2022
06 Oct 2022 - 09 Oct 2022
13 Oct 2022 - 16 Oct 2022
20 Oct 2022 - 23 Oct 2022
02 Mar 2023 - 05 Mar 2023
09 Mar 2023 - 12 Mar 2023
2023 start dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13,20, 27,May 4, 11, 18 Aug. 31, Sept 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19
Start
San Jose (10.00 AM)
Finish
San Jose (4.00 PM)
Airport at start
Internationale luchthaven San Jose
Airport at finish
Internationale luchthaven San Jose

Prices *Please note the prices are subject to change depending availability*

Price per person / please note the prices are subject to change depending availability
The tour price per person
$ 2,056.-
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 395.-

Itinerary

Included / Not Included – lodging


Day 1 | Wilder Ranch State Park

Total mileage: 12 miles, 70% Single-track, 30% Doubletrack
After picking up at the Best Western Plus Airport Hotel at approximately 10am we will drive 45 minutes to Santa Cruz California to Wilder Ranch State Park located on the beach of historic Santa Cruz California! Our ride begins with a beautiful climb through the countryside of Wilder Ranch up Wilder Ridge and Eucalyptus Loop then down Baldwin and Enchanted Trail. The ride finishes along the beach cliffs back onto smooth scenic Wilder Ranch.
INN: Santa Cruz, Ca.

Day 2 | Fort Ord State Park

Approximate mileage: 28 miles, 100% Single-track
We head to the home of the world famous Sea Otter Classic Mountain Bike race ...Fort Ord State Park. The ride today covers the entire length of the Park on 28 miles of beautiful single-track.
We will shuttle back to Santa Cruz approximately a 55-minute drive. Fort Ord State Park is wide open at some points, allowing you to see the winding trails for miles. An abundance of different types of terrain allows you to experience gravel, dirt and at times sand. You’ll be twisting and turning with some fun yet fierce downhill portions and a few steep uphill climbs.
INN: Santa Cruz, Ca.

Day 3 | Soquel Demonstration State Forest

Approximate mileage: 25-35 miles, 80% Single-track, 20% Dirt road.
Today we head 2,500 feet above Santa Cruz to Soquel Demonstration State Forest Mountain Bike Park. Our ride will be a long day in the saddle as we ride the trails made specifically for mountain biking. Trails include the Ridge Trail, Braille Trail, and Sawpit Trail. After riding (and climbing) these trails, we will descend on the historic Soquel Road 15 miles downhill back to Santa Cruz.
Inn: Santa Cruz, Ca.

Day 4 | Wilder Ranch or/and El Corte Madera State Park

Approximate mileage" 14 miles, 80% Single-track, 20% Doubletrack
Our final day of riding will be either another fun ride in Wilder Ranch State Park on Zane Gray Cutoff Trail or we will head 1 hour north to El Corte Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. With the choice to ride through the El Corte Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, it’s sure to be a nice closure to 4 days of riding. This gives you a little bit of everything with downhill descents, uphill climbs and rocky technical sections. You’ll be traveling through the Red Woods on tight banked single-track.

After lunch we shuttle back to San Jose (45 minutes)

* This is a general itinerary and may vary. The tour operator reserves the right to make changes
due to weather, local conditions, government intervention, or any unforeseen reasons that may
affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Inns are subject to change .

Included:

Meals (except where noted on itineraries), snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
Backcountry permits, licenses, park fees, reservations, and accommodations
Professionally trained trip leaders, a mobile first aid and mechanic station, spare bikes, and a support vehicle(s)

Not Included:

Airfare to and from our departure point.
Lodging before or after the tour.
Rental bike, see PDF file below
Gratuities for guides.

Lodging

Comfort Inn – Watsonville
Watsonville is situated in central California’s Santa Cruz County. The area is home to a vibrant downtown district and features plenty in the way of fun from historic walking tours to golfing and wineries, making it the ideal destination for business trips and family getaways alike. Amenities include free WiFi, free hot breakfast, and free coffee. Guest rooms feature a microwave and refrigerator, premium bedding, work desk, flat-screen TV and coffee maker.
While we do our best to bring you the above hotel accommodations, lodging may vary depending on your departure date.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

Specialized Stumpjumper Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Full suspension
Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Full suspension
Santa Cruz 27.5 Full suspension

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Bike rentals 2
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