Founded in 1997 to raise money toward the purchase of Gray Whale Ranch as an addition to Wilder Ranch State Park, MBOSC has since been the driving force behind an impressive number of accomplishments.
Harvey West Pump Track
The Harvey West Pump Track in the City of Santa Cruz’s Harvey West Park opened during the summer of 2016. MBOSC worked closely with the city to design, build, and maintain a world-class pump track. The project was completed through a cost share between the two organizations and has served to activate a portion of the park that was a hangout for transients who often engaged in less than legal activities. MBOSC staff continue to maintain the track. Come out and volunteer on the first and third Thursday of the month from 2-5 pm. Map
Enchanted Loop Reroute at Wilder Ranch State Park
Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz partnered with California State Parks on a reroute and restoration project at Wilder Ranch State Park in spring 2016. MBOSC trail staff and volunteers worked closely with State Parks’ trail crew to decommission a badly eroded and entrenched section of the Enchanted Loop Trail and construct a sustainable reroute bypassing the steep fall line section. This project marked the first time the two organizations teamed up on a trail project of this magnitude, and showed the way for future collaboration on maintenance and construction. Map
4 mile Flow Trail in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest
MBOSC partnered with land manager California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to build a four-mile flow trail in Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). The objective was to promote mountain biking by creating a progressive trail that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and abilities, and to increase the diversity of riding opportunities, demonstrate innovative and sustainable trail building design and techniques, and provide a model for other land managers. MBOSC raised over $220,000 for the project and volunteers contributed over 6,000 hours of labor. Construction began in the winter of 2014; the full trail opened in summer 2015. Map.
Learn more about the 4 mile Flow Trail at SDSF.
Emma McCrary Trail in Pogonip
In March 2012, MBOSC received approval to begin construction of a 2+-mile multi-use trail on the east side of the City of Santa Cruz’s Pogonip park. This trail would provide bike access from Golf Club Drive to U-Con Trail leading to the UC Santa Cruz campus, and connect downtown and the east side of Santa Cruz to upper UCSC and Wilder Ranch. MBOSC worked closely with the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department on the trail’s design and construction. The city hired MBOSC Trails Officer Drew Perkins to manage trail construction which began May 2012 and was completed June 1, 2013. More than 300 volunteers donated over 3,500 hours to complete the trail. MBOSC raised over $30,000 with large donations coming from the local bike industry, including FOX, BELL, Specialized, Santa Cruz Bicycles and Ibis Cycles.
The Emma McCray Trail is a showcase of contemporary trail construction techniques, and its design incorporates elements of pump tracks and flow trails. The construction process developed the crew leadership and trail-building expertise of our officers, members, and volunteers. Map
U-Con Trail in Pogonip
In 1999, MBOSC partnered with the Santa Cruz County Horseman’s Association (SCCHA) and the Association of Concerned Trailriders (ACT) to advocate for and construct the U-Con Trail in Pogonip, the first multi-use trail in Pogonip to connect Henry Cowell State Park to UCSC. This trail provides an important connection for all users from the San Lorenzo Valley all the way to the ocean. The U-Con Trail and the collaboration to create it has been featured in Sunset Magazine and elsewhere as a model for other user groups in the county. Map
Gray Whale Ranch
In 1997, the California Department of Parks and Recreation invited MBOSC to serve on the Gray Whale Advisory Committee (GWAC) to help evaluate which trails to open in Gray Whale Ranch and what precautions were necessary to prevent negative environmental and social impacts. Additionally, MBOSC prepared a detailed topographic map survey with GPS showing the existing trails in Wilder Ranch State Park and Gray Whale Ranch. This map was used throughout the GWAC process to allow proper discussion of the trails and any environmentally sensitive areas.
MBOSC raised over $30,000 through raffles and donations toward the purchase of Gray Whale Ranch in the mid to late 1990s.
Santa Cruz Super Enduro
The BELL 2014 Santa Cruz Super Enduro returned to the Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) October 10-12, 2014. The weekend-long event, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) as a fundraiser for local trail projects (including the SDSF flow trail), offered racing, riding and rad activities enjoyed with good friends. Between shredding some of the best trails in Santa Cruz and celebrating the spirit of Enduro back at our central hub Camp Loma, there was something for everyone to be stoked on.
The SCSE capped off the second season of the California Enduro Series (CES). Santa Cruz and the Soquel Demonstration State Forest made for the perfect locale in which to wrap up the 2014 series with a BANG!
Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival
From 2010-2015, the SCMBF brought thousands of mountain bikers together from near and far to celebrate the sport and see the latest and greatest from the industry. For more information, see website.
Fundraising and Volunteer Efforts Benefiting Local Bike Projects
- In September 2011, MBOSC raised and donated $2,500 toward a multi-use trail conversion project at Castle Rock State Park. This Skyline Trail – which opened April 6, 2012 – is a part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail and connects Saratoga Gap with Skyline Sanborn Park.
- In September 2010, MBOSC raised and donated $3,500 toward the design and construction of a new sign for the back country entrance at Wilder Ranch State Park.
- MBOSC raised over $8,000 from the 2010 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival, and a bike raffle to help finance an environmental mitigation project at Soquel Demonstration State Forest.
- MBOSC raised over $30,000 through raffles and donations towards the purchase of Gray Whale Ranch in the mid to late 1990s.
- Several joint fund raising events, held in cooperation with the Santa Cruz County Horseman’s Association in the late 1990s, helped improve trails in Wilder Ranch State Park and protect riparian habitats and the red-legged frog.
- In 2010, MBOSC helped form, raise funds, and lead rides for a Trips for Kids chapter in Santa Cruz. Trips for Kids’ mission is to provide positive outdoor experiences for at-risk youth and overcome the challenges of learning new skills through mountain biking. Trips for Kids focuses on empowering youth in Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
- MBOSC participated in the Turning Wheels for Kids program in San Jose from 2007-2012. MBOSC members have donated thousands of dollars and built dozens of bikes over the years in support of this cause.