Camaraderie and trail work in the redwood forest

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Adventure Sports Journal was proud to sponsor December 20’s Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz Volunteer Trail Work Day on their flow trail project at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF). 25 volunteers pitched in to work on drainage and other maintenance on the existing flow trail segments and other SDSF trails.

We supported the trail crew by providing a delicious lunch, post-workday snacks, and an array of volunteer raffle goodies including an Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) hammock, Platypus Gravity Works pump-free water filtration system, Ninkasi Sleigh’r six packs, ASJ/Deschutes trucker hats and Osprey koozies. We appreciate the day’s hardworking crew and other generous supporters, and hope to help out with the flow trail project more in the future.

A partnership between MBoSC and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the flow trail project’s objectives are to promote mountain biking by creating a progressive trail that can be enjoyed by riders of all ages and ability level, 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 for similar types of projects.

Volunteer involvement is crucial to completing this innovative project, and all are welcome at work days (think: epic family experience)—no trail work experience required. Trail work events are scheduled for twice a month; see the work day schedule here.

Learn more about flow trails, and details about the SDSF flow trail and its unique locale, at

Plus, check out our cover story in our April/May 2014 issue, which was all about this project: Digging the Flow, by Matt De Young with photography by Bogdan Marian.

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