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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Love the area so much! Directions to the Forest of Nisene Marks: Stay Connected Twitter Facebook. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Hoffman’s Historic Site 3. For example, the Fall Creek unit of Henry Cowell, a nearby second-growth redwood park, is more enjoyable, although it’s not as big and doesn’t allow biking.

We decided to park at the Safeway and hike up through the residential neighborhood entrance way. Beautiful and easy hike! Dogs must be attended and on leashes no longer than six feet at all times. Visits limited by staff availability. The water is already pretty deep after only the second rain of the season, so I could see it becoming impassable after heavy rains.

Apr 5, 8: Except for service animals, dogs are prohibited beyond the gate at the Porter picnic area parking lot. Toby B on Old Growth Trail.


The Forest of Nisene Marks SP

A typical workday lasts until mid-afternoon. Continue on West Ridge Trail. Pass the Big Stump Gap Trail on your left. Online reservations are not available for this park. As the park does not offer any camping options other than backpacking, grail camped at the nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Loved this little trail! Find more hotels near Aptos on Expedia.

The climb gets steeper. We did the loop and got about 15 miles in. Please contact the park for more information.

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

We sometimes had a hard time keeping up with the 6-year olds but the 4-year old kept tripping on roots and rocks so that was definitely slower. The land was donated to the state by the Marks family in Picnic tables and barbecue pits are available.

Will definitely come back to explore some of the other joining trails! Bay Area California Hike. But, keep follow the most worn trail and you will be fine. Support My First Triathlon for Camfed.

Nisene Marks connects with another popular park, the Soquel Demonstration State Forest, a property that’s being flrest logged and that has a trail system mainly intended for mountain biking.

Skip to main content. Fuubutsushi Celebrate Fall the Japanese Way. This loop is a slightly modified version of Favorite Run 1. Nisenr Santa Cruz County.

Nisenne a Trail Pass! The following content can be added. Toby B on Terrace Trail. Shaded, with shallow streams in September that you can cross by stepping on stones. There were a few nice vistas, the overlook at the top the most impressive, with 2 benches. Wow, a six mile hike with six and four year olds? There was fog in the morning, which burned off, in the afternoon.


Following the banks of the river was refreshing and on occasions the creacking of tall trees above us made us pause.

The real treat, for me, was definitely the falls and I recommend you see them while they are still flowing generously.

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It used to work. Sooty trai are rarely seen up Trail Ridden Direction Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. Continue on the West Ridge Trail. Gain a unique perspective of The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park; enjoy a lively and productive experience with others who share a love of these redwood niwene.

You get the 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. Park Hours Sunrise to Sunset. We started the 6.

My dog really enjoyed playing in the creek and hiking the trails without worrying about bikers.