1. Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park is 7,000 acres of scenic landscapes beginning at the crest of Ben Lomond Mountain and going all the way down to the Pacific, making it one of the top places to go biking in Santa Cruz. As you ride your bike down the mountain, you’ll have the best views of the coastline, and you’ll get to enjoy the epic scenery and fine ocean mist. Along the way you’ll even get to view life as it was in the 19th century, with a Victorian home sitting humbly in the park. With mountain bike (MTB) trails ranging from 1 mile to 14 miles, you’ll have your pick of the litter for what kind of adventure you want to embark on. It’s good to remember that Wilder Ranch offers single track and fire road trails, and e-bikes are permitted all across the park.
2. Soquel Demonstration State Forest
Soquel Demonstration State Forest is a Santa Cruz attraction you can’t miss. The forest's close proximity to town and the availability of parking spots makes it everyone’s go-to when it comes to deciding where to get their daily dose of exercise. As far as Santa Cruz MTB trails go, Soquel Demonstration State Forest has the best of them, with over 10 miles of single track trails and access points throughout the Santa Cruz mountains. Intermediate and advanced riders love climbing up Sulphur Springs Road or Aptos Creek Fire Road and then descending through the Corral, Braille, Sawpit, or Flow trails – with the latter being among the most popular. After all, those trails offer you a great challenge and allow you to test your skills. No e-bikes are permitted at Soquel Demonstration State Forest, so if that’s your thing, you’ll find dozens of other options across the state.