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Aptos Creek Fire Road

Intermediate
 4.2 (29)

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

2,580' 786 m

High

111' 34 m

Low

2,708' 826 m

Up

555' 169 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

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

Bikes are only allowed on the Aptos Creek Fire Road. 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

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  4.2 from 28 votes

#410

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  4.2 from 28 votes
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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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Jun 10, 2021
Brian Lande
22.4mi — 2h 17m
May 30, 2021
Pietro Binetti
Feb 27, 2021
Mike Dahlquist
Oct 11, 2020
Daisy A
19mi — 7h 00m
Jul 27, 2020
John Meyers
the fire road was closed beyond the Sand Point Overlook, as of July 25, 2020
Jun 6, 2020
Nicholle G
7mi — 2h 00m
May 30, 2020
James Reavis
Fantastic fire road covered in the trees!
Dec 3, 2019
Karrie Graham