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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

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35 mi 56 km of trail 2 Featured Rides

Easy Trails 3 Trails Intermediate Trails 6 Trails Hard Trails 2 Trails

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The Palm Deli Great Breakfast Burritos!
3000 Valencia Ave, Aptos CA — (831) 688-3354
Panda Inn Best authentic Chinese food in Santa Cruz county!
Red Apple Café Go to Red Apple Cafe and get the Artichoke and pesto omelet.
Aptos St. BBQ This is some of the best BBQ in the Bay Area. There’s regularly live music and the food is out of this world. If you’re passing through Santa Cruz, it’s well worth a visit! - Kevin, Game Master
Sid's Smokehouse & Grill 2 must haves: cornbread & the Smoqr pizza
10110 Soquel Dr, Aptos CA — (831) 662-2227
Heather's Patisserie Get the dirty redeye chai
7486 Soquel Dr, Aptos CA — (831) 662-3546
Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine House salad with spicy chicken and vinegrette dressing, Is a must! Delish:)
7528 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA — (831) 688-4465
Burger. The place was great and the tables outside are nice the food is delicious and don't forget to try the house sauce and try the Johnny cash burger
7941 Soquel Dr, Aptos CA — (831) 662-2811
Erik's DeliCafé Reuben sandwich with extra meat. Yuuuup. Chili is good too.
102 Rancho del Mar, Aptos CA — (831) 688-5656
Severinos Bar & Grill Kids eat free on Tuesday nights! Buy one adult entree & order a free entree off the regular menu for your kid. Doesn't apply if you order off the kids menu.
The Farm, Bakery And Café THE BEST FRUIT TARTS IN THE WORLD!
6790 Soquel Dr, Aptos CA — (831) 684-0266
Pixie Deli The Catalina sandwich is the bomb. Drop in and say hello to Nate, he will have you laughing. Our office is located next door so we eat their everyday, pretty much had everything on the menu.
111 Venetian Rd, Aptos CA — (831) 688-1115
Pizza One 7:45 on a Thursday night and they were already sold out of all the "famous" pizzas. Go early to beat the rush!
The Hole In The Wall Nice service, deceivingly good huevos rancheros, easy walking distance to the beach.
257 Center Ave, Aptos CA — (831) 685-0208
Manuel's Mexican Restaurant Go on a Saturday night and get the special. Bacon wrapped prawns stuffed with cheese and fried. Amazing.
261 Center Avenue, Aptos CA — (831) 688-4848
Bangkok West Thai Cuisine Vegetarian buffet on Wednesday is still happening here. It's essential vegan cause no egg anywhere. Pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem.
Sunrise Cafe Mimosa with fresh squeezed orange juice. :)
4718 Soquel Dr, Soquel CA — (831) 462-0466
Star of Siam I've had curries and noodle dishes here. Always fresh tasting, well balanced flavors. Service is fast and pleasant. My go-to Thai place in the area!
3005 Porter St, Soquel CA — (831) 479-0366
Surf City Sandwich Everything here is amazing. You can't go wrong. If you just can't decide, the Philly is a good place to start.
Silver Spur Restaurant Good food, good service. Family and food. Doesn't get much better than that.
2650 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz CA — (831) 475-2725

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3.4 mi 5.5 km
#1 Flow Trail
Day Valley, CA
3.4 mi 5.5 km Day Valley, CA
All Clear
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Mostly Dry: Couple of muddy spots, but mostly tacky, flowy fun!
21 days ago
35 
1.4 mi 2.2 km
#2 Braille Trail
Day Valley, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km Day Valley, CA
Unknown
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20 
2.0 mi 3.2 km
#3 Sawpit Trail
Day Valley, CA
2.0 mi 3.2 km Day Valley, CA
Unknown
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14.2 mi 22.9 km
#4 Aptos Creek Fire Road
Aptos, CA
14.2 mi 22.9 km Aptos, CA
All Clear
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Mostly Dry: Couple of muddy spots, but mostly tacky, flowy fun!
21 days ago
2.4 mi 3.8 km
#5 Ridge Trail
Day Valley, CA
2.4 mi 3.8 km Day Valley, CA
Minor Issues
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Dry, Fallen Trees - The flow trail is in peak condition. The ride to it has a couple of fallen trees but definitely worth the ride
18 days ago
1.9 mi 3.0 km
#6 Corral Trail
Day Valley, CA
1.9 mi 3.0 km Day Valley, CA
Bad / Closed
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Muddy, Fallen Trees - Stay off of the only trail that’s worth riding in the Bay until it’s dry!!!! Don’t be stupid.
26 days ago
1.6 mi 2.6 km
#7 Aptos Rancho Trail
Aptos, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km Aptos, CA
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
88 days ago
Day Valley, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km Day Valley, CA
Unknown
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6.4 mi 10.2 km
#9 Hihn's Mill Road
Day Valley, CA
6.4 mi 10.2 km Day Valley, CA
Minor Issues
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Dry, Fallen Trees - The flow trail is in peak condition. The ride to it has a couple of fallen trees but definitely worth the ride
18 days ago

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