Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Top of the Incline and Sand Point Overlook. MODERATE(94). The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. In winters, the hiking trails in Forest of Nisene Marks are gorgeous, making any 18 and 21 miles long, even though visually, they look very different on a map. Nisene Marks mountain biking trails near Aptos, California. Soquel Demonstration State Forest, 9, km nisene marks activity log | embed map of Nisene Marks mountain bike trails | nisene marks mountain biking points of interest.

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Today, the park showcases a forest in recovery, with rugged canyons and remnants of its once-bustling railroad and logging industry. The following two tabs change content below. njsene

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park offers rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2, feet.

Toby B on Buggy Trail. If you want to do the 1. The West Ridge Trail first climbs a bit, then is mostly downhill with a few brief uphill sections. Nisene Marks is a hot spot for poison oak. The girls threw rocks in the pool, they splashed around a bit, the sun was shining and it was a rare moment in the hike where we were actually under open skies and not under tree cover.

Please contact the park for more information. In earlythere was landslide on the trail, and the trail was closed. ,arks bit longer than advertised right now as you have to hike a mile or so from where you park on Aptos Creek Road the non-paved portion was inaccessible by car, I think that opens up in the summer.

While there used to be a thriving community of lumber workers, only collapsed roofs and broken doors remain. One guy got stung by a wasp, which we were informed are active, this time of year. Dec 19, ride log. You will stay on the Fire Road for the next 6. Bike Santa Cruz County. Trails on Wishlist Yes No login Following the banks of the river was refreshing and on occasions the gorest of tall trees above us made us pause. Wilder Ranch Draft Horses. Wanted nice views and to be able to take my dog.


Good section of forest with interesting scenery for such a short spur. But, keep follow the most worn trail and mraks will be fine. Kept to the trail areas closest to temples. Just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, right outside the quaint hisene of Aptos, lies a serene oasis: Recent Comments username type title comment date lodock report Hinckley Basin Fire Road Great ride just real steep at the end Aug 7, 9: A trail camp is located six miles from the nearest parking lot.

At the epicenter along Aptos Creek Trail. The canyon has more variety and better redwoods than most trails in Nisene Marks.

Pass the Ridge Connection Trail on your left. We had some on Sunday but they were always very courteous and let us hikers safely go by. My dog loves it too, especially since no bikes allowed on these trails. We decided to park at the Safeway and hike up through the residential neighborhood entrance niisene.

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For example, the Fall Creek unit of Henry Cowell, a nearby second-growth redwood park, is more enjoyable, although it’s not as big marsk doesn’t allow biking. The fall colors are very pretty now and the forest smells amazing!

But West Ridge Trail is the first singletrack you come to, and it’s marked with a “no bikes” picture sign, you can’t miss it.

More cool near Aptos on AirBnB. Teachers Please click here to request a two-hour class visit lead by Seacliff State Beach staff. Also met some really nice hikers and mountain bikers who came up the other side. A super easy and beautiful hike that winds along Aptos Creek under the shade of bay, oak, laurel, and redwood trees. Hence an unusual number of fallen trees on the trails. This makes the run Outdoor activities with a healthy dose of curiosity, brought to you by Laure Latham.

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Big Loop to West Ridge Trail Camp and Five Finger Falls 14 miles plus 2 if you go to Five Finger Falls ; 8 hours or overnight; feet elevation gain; moderate to strenuous An excursion through redwood and mixed evergreen forest to a remote backpacking camp in the heart of the park, with a detour to a foot waterfall on the way back.

Osprey Raptor 14 Hydration Pack. Toby B on Terrace Trail. Shaded, with marrks streams in September that you can cross by stepping on stones. This park is on land that was clear-cut during a forty-year logging frenzy Pass Big Stump Gap Trail on your left. To access this parking lot, you have to pay a fee at the Entrance Station. Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

Fire Road Aptos Creek

Toby B on Old Growth Trail. You get ofrest best creek crossing and a picnic table next to it to enjoy the area with lots of little loops and places for kids to explore. Dogs must be attended and on leashes no longer than six feet at all times. We sometimes had a hard time keeping up with the 6-year olds but the 4-year old kept tripping on roots and rocks traik that was definitely slower.