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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Mxrks was fog in the morning, which burned off, in the afternoon. The land was donated to the state by the Marks family in All chopped down between and the You can get a green paper map fkrest 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.

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The rest of the climb is very gradual. Latest posts by Laure Latham see all. Also met some really nice hikers and mountain bikers who came up the other side.


Quite the origin of the world. The effort was worth it though. We stayed a while there. 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. Scenery was absolutely stunning but there is lots of poison oak.

Once the site of logging operations until the s, visitors can still find evidence of logging trial, mill sites and trestles in the park. Will definitely come back to explore some of the other joining trails!

Wanted nice views and to be able to take my dog. Support My First Triathlon for Camfed. Please contact the park for more information.

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Nice place to take your non-hiker friends for a good walk. Hotels Near Nisene Marks.

My friend and I went on a few paths off the regular trail. Redwood Chic in Santa Cruz.

Poison oak is especially common throughout the park. Nice little well-maintained single track, super duper easy, but it is neither dog or bike friendly so pretty pointless.

Keep your heads up for mountain bikers! This loop covers a significant portion of the park. We started the 6. Dec 19, ride log.


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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. The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

Also, if you want to add some distance, this trail allows access to the 1. Soquel Demonstration State Ttrail. Sooty shearwaters are rarely seen up Ask me to write a book or an article, to speak at an event, to lead a workshop or to work together.

Turn left onto Big Slide Trail and continue climbing. Community Alliance with Family Farmers. Recent Comments username type title comment date lodock report Hinckley Basin Fire Road Great ride just real steep at the end Aug 7, 9: