Guide Service – original

Are you new to the Santa Cruz mountain biking region or looking to find some new lines?

Let The Ride Guides dial you into some of Santa Cruz’ finest trails and put a smile on your face. We’ll always venture to tailor your ride to your every desire, but to get a better sense of what is on offer consider our grading system…


The Green Ride – Green means go and if you have little or no mountain biking experience we’ve got plenty of places to go with you in Santa Cruz! How about the consummate Santa Cruz ride; cruise West Cliff with the locals while checking the surfers and sea otters cavorting just off the beach. We can stop by Natural Bridges State Park and check in on the Monarch butterfly migration December through February too. Or how about a little cruise north to the Ohlone Bluff Trail at Wilder State Park to watch the waves crash into the cliffs in the company of a few close friends? Either way, your friends at The Ride Guides will keep you safe and get you back to town in time for your next engagement.

Do you know where this gorgeous berm is? We do!

Do you know where this gorgeous berm is? We do!

The Blue Ride – If you’re looking to get the blood flowing and challenge your riding skills you’ve come to the right place. With heaps of trails to choose from and a knack for finding what you like our guides have an encyclopedic knowledge of what’s out there and will dial you into the terrain that you crave. Are you descender looking for manicured berms and rollers or a climber who loves the tight switchbacks? Either way our crew will get you access to what you desire.

The Red Ride – Do you habitually travel with a full face helmet or is that carbon race bike more your style? Fear not, we know where to fulfill your loamy dreams. Did we forget to mention the rockgardens? Santa Cruz is known for it’s Redwood duff but if you like the hard stuff we can hook that up too. Your guides are passionately engaged with local advocacy so if there is something new out there that you heard about on the forums fear not, we’ve got the low down.

Shuttles – Does your idea of dream ride start with a climb complete with a cup of coffee in one hand, arriving at the top without a drop of sweat? If so then we’ll start our day with our friends aboard Shuttlesmith Adventures‘ escape pod that comes pre-loaded with stoke. The shuttle can service Green through Red rides at Nisene and Soquel Demonstration Forests and with sufficient notice we can service most locations in Santa Cruz County. Let us make the connection or tell “Shuttle Dave” that The Ride Guides sent you!

We know where the Good Stuff Elliot Wilkinson-Ray/Kitsbow

We know where the Good Stuff is…photo Elliot Wilkinson-Ray/Kitsbow

Post Ride – We know the ride doesn’t end at the trailhead, often the best part of your ride holiday begins after you’re off the bike. Your guides know the best spots in town for food and drink and are happy to make the recommendations that turn your “out of towner” ride into a “one of the crew” experience. Don’t miss out on the best of Santa Cruz, let us make your visit to the center of the mountain biking universe one that you’ll never forget!