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 forest has regrown and is preserved as a spectacular State Park.
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The park is named for Nisene Marks, a nature lover and mother of the Salinas farming family that purchased the land in the hopes of finding oil. After drilling efforts failed to find any oil, Marks’ children donated the 9, acres of land in her memory to the state of California in The Yrail State Parks department later expanded the niseje to 10, acres. Today the park is a popular spot for running, hiking and horseback riding. The epicenter of the quake was located in this park along Aptos Creek, and can be accessed today via the narrow Aptos Creek Trail.
In earlythere was landslide on the trail, and the trail was closed. However, in the trail was repaired and a new bridge was added. In addition to the epicenter, this trail allows access to the popular Five Finger Falls. Elevations in the park range from sea level to more than 2, feet.
All of the runs on this page start from the parking lot at George’s Picnic Area, located about 1.
Best Trails in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
To access this parking lot, you have to pay a fee at the Entrance Station. For a longer run and to avoid the fee, you can park in the lot at the corner of Soquel Dr and Aptos Creek Road.
This will add an additional 1. Nisene Marks is a hot spot for poison oak.
Due to these restrictions, the Favorite Runs described below are not dog friendly. There is NO drinking water available in the park even at the trail camp so bring your own!
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This loop covers a significant portion of the park. At ‘ you’ll reach the high point of the run, Sand Point, which provides great ocean views on a clear day.
This is followed by a narrow, rolling singletrack downhill on the West Ridge Trail.
When running down the West Ridge trail, you will encounter a few unmarked trail junctions. But, keep following the most worn trail and you will be fine. Start heading up the Aptos Creek Fire Road. You will stay on the Fire Road for the next 6.
Bottom of the Incline.
The climb gets steeper. Top of the Incline. The rest of the climb is very gradual.
Stop and admire the view, then veer left onto Hinckley Basin Fire Road. The trail sign is missing! But West Ridge Trail is the first singletrack you come to, and it’s marked with a “no bikes” sign, so you can’t miss it.
The West Ridge Trail first climbs a bit, then is mostly downhill with a few brief uphill sections. Pass Big Stump Gap Trail on your left. Continue on West Ridge Trail. Pass Ridge Connection Trail on your left. Turn right onto Aptos Creek Fire Road to head back to your car. Back at your car! This loop is a slightly modified version of Favorite Run 1. The Aptos Creek Trail was previously closed due to a landslide; however, in a new footbridge was installed and the trail was reopened.
This narrow singletrack trail passes the site of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Also, if you want to add some distance, this trail allows access to the 1. After eight miles of almost continuous climbing you’ll reach the high point of the run, Sand Point, which provides great ocean views on a clear day.
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This is followed by a fun, rolling singletrack downhill on the West Ridge Trail. But, keep follow the most worn trail and you will be fine.
You will stay on the Fire Road for the next 2. Prior to this trail was closed due to forwst damage; however, in it was repaired and reopened.
Turn left onto Big Slide Trail and continue climbing. If you want to do the 1. This makes the run Turn right to continue climbing to Sand Point. 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.
Pass the Big Stump Gap Trail on your left. Continue on the West Ridge Trail. Pass nlsene Ridge Connection Trail on your left. New footbridge on Aptos Creek Trail. At the epicenter along Aptos Creek Trail.