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Aptos Creek Fire Road

Intermediate
 4.2 (33)

A beginner ride with increased climbing distance and grade. Great overlook at Sand Point to Aptos.


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14.2

Miles

22.9

KM

Doubletrack

2,578' 786 m

High

112' 34 m

Low

2,651' 808 m

Up

497' 152 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Family Friendly Wide open fire road that's easy for kids

Bikes are only allowed on Aptos Creek Fire Road, Aptos Rancho Trail, Split Stuff Trail, Terrace Trail, and Vienna Woods Trail.

State Park parking fee is $8/day, there may be parking at Epicenter Cycling.

Description

Aptos Creek fire road to Sand Point is a great beginner ride for someone looking to increase the distance of their rides and climbing stamina. The ride is completely under cover so a good choice for a hot day.

There are many trails in the Forest of Nisene Marks, but bicycles are allowed only on Aptos Creek Fire Road and four "hike-and-bike" singletrack trails below the steel bridge. The road is wide and non-technical, with a section of steeper road at approximately the 4.5 mile mark where the grade can exceed 10% and reach the high-teens in places for approximately one mile. After this section, the grade slacks off to 3-5% and continues for almost three more miles to the Sand Point Overlook, which overlooks Aptos and the Pacific Ocean.

Continuing past Sand Point gains you another 400 feet of vertical and will intersect you to the Ridge trail in the Soquel Demonstration Forest. Aptos Creek Fire Road continues past the Ridge Trail along Santa Rosalia Ridge and a gate, which is the end of the trail

Contacts

Shared By:

Brendan Lahiff with improvements by Wayne Hubbard and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 33 votes

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  4.2 from 33 votes
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#26

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Photos

Sand point benches ocean view.
Apr 6, 2022 near Day Valley, CA
About 1 mile into the trail. Just got off the paved road and now this is the fire-road. Harder singletrack running parallel.
Sep 23, 2016 near Aptos, CA
Big redwood trees in the Forest of Nisene Marks
Jul 1, 2015 near Aptos, CA
Sand Point Overlook
Jul 1, 2015 near Day Valley, CA

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Check-Ins

May 27, 2022
Eberhard Czirr
To Highland Way and back 27.5mi — 4h 00m
May 1, 2022
Zimu Zhou
Feb 26, 2022
Melissa Shorey
Beautiful ride all in the shade of redwoods. Long downhill worth the climb up. 20.9mi — 2h 18m
Oct 16, 2021
James Bishop
26mi
Aug 26, 2021
Sean Villagracia
10mi — 1h 04m
Jul 31, 2021
Tim Sandstrom
Flat, then up, then flat, then up - 2k+ climb overall ; all shade, gorgeous woods. 20.2mi — 2h 15m
Jun 12, 2021
Pietro Binetti
10mi — 1h 30m
Jun 10, 2021
Brian Lande
22.4mi — 2h 17m