mountain biker riding a bridge on crankcase trail


Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and combine #vanlife and mountain biking in Santa Cruz. Located within a day's drive from LA, this beach town along California's Central Coast offers a stunning backdrop of towering redwoods, breathtaking coastline, and an extensive network of mountain bike trails.

Redwoods RV Resort with mountain bike and camper van 

When it comes to choosing the perfect campground for your trip, look no further than Redwoods RV Resort located in Felton. This hidden gem is nestled amongst the trees along the State Route 9, offering a small rustic setting with old-time charm. Its proximity to the San Lorenzo River makes it an ideal stop for nature lovers. What's more, the campground is within riding distance to the renowned "Campus Trails" network and endless opportunities for trail access.

Specialized Experience Center in Santa Cruz

Start your rides at the Specialized Experience Center, conveniently situated in downtown Santa Cruz. This unique destination serves as part bike showroom, demo center, and Specialized museum, making it a must-visit spot for any mountain biker. Demo a bike, get info on the best trails and routes, and grab a complimentary beverage after your ride. Don't miss the neighboring River Cafe, known for serving some of the best dumplings in town.

One trail that should not be missed is "Crankcase". Although not officially approved and absent from trail maps, this hidden gem offers an incredible ride. With the help of a knowledgeable local, you can pedal up Empire Grade Road to uncover this secret trail. Navigate over bridges, small drops, wooden features, and the flowing singletrack. Riding Crankcase will undoubtedly become one of the highlights of your Santa Cruz adventure.

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