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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This narrow singletrack trail passes the site of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The canyon has more variety and better redwoods than most trails in Nisene Marks.

Visits limited by staff availability. Ask me to write a book or an article, to speak at an event, to lead a workshop or to work together. This park is on land that was clear-cut during a forty-year logging frenzy You get the best creek crossing and a picnic table next to it to enjoy the area with lots of little loops and places marsk kids to explore.

The Forest of Nisene Marks SP

An extra mile and we would call it a day, returning to the trailhead. The creek is on the other side of the fire road.


Go one mile to Aptos Creek Road. Moist, cool sea breezes made it comfortable. We started the 6.

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Sign up for my newsletter! Today, the forest has msrks and is preserved as a spectacular State Park. Soquel Demonstration State Forest. Bay Area California Hike.

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Nisene Marks Mountain Biking Trails | Trailforks

She’s passionate about inspiring families to enjoy the outdoors with their children, learning to unplug and living a healthy lifestyle, giving kids life skills and exploring the world forset us sharing Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Frog Mom. For a longer run and to niseen the fee, you can park in the lot at the corner of Soquel Dr and Aptos Creek Road. Dec 6, 3: My dog also loves splashing in the water. 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.

Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. Continue on West Ridge Trail. Buy a Trail Pass! 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.

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Hiking to Maple Falls at the Forest of Nisene Marks

Dec 24, Kept to the trail areas closest to temples. We had some on Sunday but they were always very courteous and let us hikers safely go by. Wanted nice views and to be able to take my dog. Loved this little trail! Please see below for current closure information.


Hiked this yesterday with Sierra Club group. Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. Nisene Marks holds a special place in makrs heart, it is just magical.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. All chopped down between and the You can get a green paper map created by Jeff Thomson, author of Explore — The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park by the entrance kiosk but once you hit the trails, they are not always well-marked and some junctions can be confusing. Prior to this trail was closed due to storm damage; however, in it was repaired and reopened.

If you have the time for an extra not even 2 miles—or if you drive in and park in the area by the last gate—the last push on Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls is absolutely worth it.