Page Type: Trail
California, United States, North America
37.17820°N / 121.96187°W
Cross Country, Downhill, Mountain
Point to Point
2.0 Mi / 3.2 Km
Created/Edited: Oct 3, 2007 / Sep 22, 2008
Object ID: 261797
Page Score: 74.01%
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OverviewSoda Springs, or just "Soda" for short, is an amazing illegal singletrack that descends a ridge above Lexington Reservoir in the hills above Los Gatos, in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The trail is on Open Space land, and Mid-Pen has had the trail closed for years. At the top is a fence you must hop. Cross country riders will want to climb up Soda Springs Road to access the trail, downhiller can do car-plants.
Trail DescriptionThe trail veers of of Weaver Road, which is off of Soda Springs road at an elevation of about 2600 feet. It then descends the ridge all the way to the reservoir at 700 feet. The very top of the trail was dubbed the "Waterfall" because of its steepness, yet now a fence blocks the beginning of the waterfall, which prevents people from riding it. There are a few steep sections lower down on the trail. Views are excellent from the trail, yet you'll want to stop if you want to enjoy them, as you MUST keep your eyes on the trail. The last section descends steeply through a meadow.
Getting ThereThe trail is located of off Weaver Road. Due to the trail's secret nature, I will not go into details on how to get to the trail, yet Soda Springs Road is located off of Alma Bridge Road. From Highway 17 south from Los Gatos, exit Bear Creek Road and get back on highway 17 going north back towards town, yet don't get out of the exit lane. Take the Alma Bridge Road exit 1/4 mile later and follow it about 5 miles until Soda Springs Road branches off to the left.
When to BikeSoda is best ridden during the winter, or shortly after a rain. When there hasn't been any recent rain, the trail can get very loose and not fun.