* Easiest Loop - Take the Ridge Trail out, then make a right onto Tractor Trail. Tractor is a pretty smooth, relatively non-technical option for a descent. Take this down to the end, where you make a right onto Hihn's Mill fire road, which brings you back to your car. That's about 12 miles and 2000 feet of climbing.
* A bit more technically challenging - Take the Ridge Trail and make a right onto Braille. This descent has more technical options (log roll overs, small jumps, etc.). At the end, make a right onto Hihn's Mill fire road, which brings you back to your car. That's about 10 miles and 2000 feet of climbing.
* Challenging, but Longer - Take the Ridge Trail to its end, and then down Sawpit (truthfully, you'll probably not know where the trail names changed from Ridge to Saw Pit - just ride to the fire road and you covered both trails). Go right on Hihn's Mill fire road and up a bit to the bottom of Tractor Trail. Take this uphill until you get to Ridge Trail (about 1.5 miles, all climbing, some painful). Then make a left onto Ridge for a little more climbing, then a slight descent to Braille. Left on Braille and the various log rollovers and other stunts to the end. Then right on the fire road and the climb back to the parking area. That's about 20 miles and 3000 feet of climbing.
Directions from Bay Area: take Highway 17 toward Santa Cruz, and exit at Summit Rd. Go right at the stop, so that you cross over 17. At the next stop sign, make a left (onto Summit Road). Continue on straight until another stop sign (~10mi). Make a right onto Spanish Ranch Road, and an immediate left onto Highland Way. Continue down into the canyon (driving carefully - the road gets narrow, especially at the landslides) until you see the parking lot and bridge on your right. You can park along the road, or cross the bridge to access an even larger parking lot. Don't leave valuables in your car, as break-ins do happen here.
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