Reopen the Sawpit Trail and win a Santa Cruz bike

MBOSC needs your help in Soquel Demonstration State Forest


Build a trail and win a bike with MBOSC

About five years ago in Demo Forest, the Sawpit trail was shut down due to logging projects that help fund the forest. The loss of the more ‘natural’ trail left a hole in the hearts of many as the options in Demo Forest became limited to the Flow Trail and Braille Trail. Well, Christmas comes early with this wonderful news. MBOSC is ready to begin construction on the new Sawpit Trail reroute in Soquel Demonstration State Forest, and they need your help to make it happen!

Riding the new Sawpit Trail will be a whole lot more fun than working a sawpit. In the old days of logging in the Santa Cruz Mountains, felled redwoods were laid across a pit in the ground. Then two people would work a long, crosscut saw up and down, ripping the logs into planks for transport out of the forest in a wagon. Creating the new Sawpit Trail will be hard work, too, but well worth it.

For those who are unfamiliar, MBOSC (Moutain Bikers of Santa Cruz )is a 501(c)(3) trail stewardship organization that is heading up the design and construction effort of the Sawpit Trail project. MBOSC needs to raise $300,000 to not only recreate Sawpit Trail, the one-time logging road in the Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF), as a modern, advanced mountain biking trail but also maintain it and all other trails in SDSF over the next five years.


Dedicated in 1990, the 2,681-acre SDSF is one of eight demonstration forests in California managed by CAL FIRE. These unique areas provide the landscape for a mix of public uses. “Recreation has always been part of the goals of state forests,” said Thomas Sutfin, who served as a forest manager for 19 years. “State forests, as opposed to state parks, host a variety of uses, including forestry education, forestry research, timber harvesting, and recreation. The challenge is to achieve a balance of all the uses.

MBOSC, are acutely aware of what it takes to manage these spaces in an era of shrinking budgets. Demand for outdoor recreation continues to grow, however, parks and land managers lack adequate resources to create new trails and maintain existing trails. That’s where MBOSC comes in. As recreational trail users, we believe it’s our duty to take an active role. If we want more trails and riding opportunities, strong public-private partnerships and investment are needed. The Sawpit reroute will only happen if the community steps up to fund it. No public funding has been identified.

When you support Sawpit Trail construction, you just might WIN a brand new bike from Santa Cruz Bicycles! 

For every $5 you contribute to support Sawpit Trail construction and maintenance of all SDSF trails for the next five years, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win the Santa Cruz Bicycles production model of your choice. No matter which model you choose, you can pick the top-of-the-line-full-bling build. So go ahead, buy a few entries (maybe even a few more), start drooling over all the bikes on their website, and dream about that first ride on your brand new bike. Now all you gotta do is just cross all your fingers and toes that we draw your name!

Help Raise $100,000 for SDSF Trails!

It will cost $300,000 to rebuild Sawpit Trail maintains all trails in Soquel Demonstration Forest for the next five years. Through this fundraiser, we just need to raise $100,000 because all contributions up to $100k will be matched 2x by generous donors. That’s right, your contribution and impact will be TRIPLED!


About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.

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