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Aptos Creek Fire Road

 7 votes

Length

14.2 Miles 22.9 Kilometers


Doubletrack

Elevation

2,708' 826 m

Ascent

-555' -169 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

2,580' 786 m

High

111' 34 m

Low

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All Clear 87 days ago
Mostly Dry: Couple of muddy spots, but mostly tacky, flowy fun! History

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

Brendan Lahiff

Overview

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 this is the only trail that allows bikes. 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

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Nov 13, 2017
Tom Kennedy
Aug 26, 2017
Carlos Gallegos
Wow! Blast at the front side at Aptos 20.1mi
May 27, 2017
Brian Montag
Aug 28, 2016
Erik James
2.5mi — 1h 00m
Aug 29, 2015
rich grenier

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  4.3 from 7 votes

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