Steve and I had been exchanging e-mails for a while and had been talking about riding together since I discovered his web site about a month ago. When he mentioned that he was thinking about going to Wilder Ranch I jumped on the opportunity. I had heard a lot of good things about this place and wanted to see if they were true.
To make matters more interesting Steve had just purchased a Helmet Camera to go along with his digital cam corder so we decided we would take a go at making a video. We had mixed results with the video recording and the video was at least partially responsible for my one mishap of the day. Hopefully we will do a little better with the video when we go to Downieville.
Overall I would say Wilder Ranch's reputation for having awesome singletrack mountain biking is well deserved. If you wanted a truely epic mountain biking experience you could a spend a week in Santa Cruz and ride this trail and some of the awesome trails on Skyline Boulevard (Hiway 35) such as Saratoga Gap.
Get to Santa Cruz and take Hiway 1 North out of town about 1-2 miles. Trailhead is on the left. Facilities at the trailhead include flush toilets, drinking fountain, and sinks for cleaning up blood and dirt after the ride. Santa Cruz is cooler than the valley but when you are riding up in the hills you get plenty hot. Make certain to bring plenty of H2O (I ran out).