Shuttles Now Available through Epicenter Cycling

Epicenter Cycling is thrilled to announce that we are taking on our buddy Dave Smith’s shuttle service as he retires from driving. Don’t worry, Dave will be around though! He says you can call him “Trail Smith” from now on and he wants to ride bikes with YOU!

You may now book shuttles at (Be sure to bookmark that page as this one will be eventually phased out.) Our current schedule is 8:30am shuttles Monday through Friday and 8:30am & 10:30am shuttles on the weekends.

For all your Mountain Biking needs in the world-class destination of Santa Cruz!!

[Note: It’s party bus time! Besides bike shuttles, Shuttle Smith Adventures is now offering group transportation for your party, convention, business retreat or night out on the town. We’re the perfect designated driver! We can deliver to your destination and then pick you up for the return trip to your accommodations. No hassles over parking, no worries about too much partying! Party bus rates run $75 an hour. Check us out!]

Mountain bike through the Redwoods! For just $25 a rider, Shuttle Smith Adventures offers bike shuttles daily to the top of Forest of Nisene Marks, where you can rail the challenging singletrack loops of Soquel Demonstration Forest. This is the area made famous in mountain biking videos by locals Cam and Tyler McCaul, Greg Watts, Jamie Goldman and others. You sit in the comfort of the Shuttle Smith van on the gorgeous drive up through apple orchards and redwoods and then, when you’re done riding the renowned Ridge, Braille and other trails, you’ve got nothing but endless downhill awaiting you — a whole 15 miles of forest descent at your own pace, back to Aptos Village just south of the city of Santa Cruz. You can’t spend a better day on a mountain bike!

Need a bike? Check out suspension bike rental from standout Aptos shop Epicenter Cycling.

New to the area? Don’t hesitate to query us about the best routes,  pointers on your style and technique, and to get your photo taken to show all the bros back home! We’re happy to help out any way we can.

New to mountain biking? No worries! You’ll find yourself among instant friends. Mountain bikers love helping other mountain bikers, whether it’s directions on the trail or fixing a flat. Don’t hesitate to flag a fellow mountain biker on the trail!

Shuttle Smith Adventures can also handle groups tailored to your schedule, convenience and riding style or ability. No one beats us when it comes to customizing an outing for your needs! Remember, you’re in world-class mountain biking country — take advantage of it while you can so you don’t get back home thinking, “Wish I’d gone mountain biking in Santa Cruz!”

Also: Any questions on routes, times, technicality or difficulty of trails, we’re happy to help answer. Consider Shuttle Smith your all-in-one resource for riding the Santa Cruz mountains, internationally renowned in movies, DVDs and Web sites as one of the world’s prime mountain biking regions.

You can reach Shuttle Smith Adventures by contacting Dave Smith via:

Phone: (831) 234-3383


Here’s a sampling of what awaits you at Soquel Demo Forest! (Braille Trail, our favorite!)

Shuttle Smith Adventures holds California State certification No. TCP0031557_A