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Mountain biking in the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best ways to explore more of this area of California. To help you experience the best the region has to offer, we’ve reviewed our full collection of mountain bike routes to bring you the top 20. Just click on any of the routes below to browse real tips and photos shared by other members of Komoot’s mountain biking community, to see what they liked most about these Tours—and to find the perfect mountain bike route for your next ride.

Difficult
03:11
18.2 mi
Intermediate
02:49
16.1 mi
Intermediate
03:29
23.6 mi
Easy
01:53
14.3 mi
Intermediate
01:35
10.2 mi
Intermediate
01:59
11.5 mi
Intermediate
02:09
12.6 mi
Easy
01:13
7.96 mi
Intermediate
01:49
10.8 mi
Intermediate
01:30
9.67 mi
Intermediate
01:52
10.6 mi
Difficult
03:20
18.6 mi
Intermediate
01:54
10.9 mi
Intermediate
02:32
14.4 mi
Difficult
04:19
32.7 mi
Easy
01:01
6.98 mi
Intermediate
01:34
9.86 mi
Intermediate
02:17
14.0 mi
Intermediate
02:41
14.6 mi
Intermediate
03:20
21.4 mi

The 20 best MTB rides in the Santa Cruz Mountains

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    1
    Difficult
    03:11
    18.2 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    2
    Intermediate
    02:49
    16.1 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    03:29
    23.6 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
    4
    Easy
    01:53
    14.3 mi
    7.6 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    01:35
    10.2 mi
    6.4 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Intermediate
    01:59
    11.5 mi
    5.8 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
    7
    Intermediate
    02:09
    12.6 mi
    5.8 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Easy
    01:13
    7.96 mi
    6.5 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    01:49
    10.8 mi
    5.9 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Intermediate
    01:30
    9.67 mi
    6.5 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary.
    11
    Intermediate
    01:52
    10.6 mi
    5.7 mph
    1,625 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Difficult
    03:20
    18.6 mi
    5.6 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Intermediate
    01:54
    10.9 mi
    5.7 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Intermediate
    02:32
    14.4 mi
    5.7 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.
    15
    Difficult
    04:19
    32.7 mi
    7.6 mph
    3,250 ft
    3,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Easy
    01:01
    6.98 mi
    6.9 mph
    675 ft
    700 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.
    17
    Intermediate
    01:34
    9.86 mi
    6.3 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    02:17
    14.0 mi
    6.1 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    19
    Intermediate
    02:41
    14.6 mi
    5.4 mph
    2,700 ft
    2,700 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Intermediate
    03:20
    21.4 mi
    6.4 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

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