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greenBlue Aptos Creek Fire Road

Trail

14.2 mile 22.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,708' 826 m
Descent: -555' -169 m
High: 2,580' 786 m
Low: 111' 34 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Brendan Lahiff

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

Brendan Lahiff

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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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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Check-Ins

Jun 15, 2019
Stuart Hanson
Dec 2, 2018
Dustin Sitterding
Nov 5, 2018
Jay Holsten
A good training ride to work on your motor.
Aug 19, 2018
Andy DeFazio
Aug 18, 2018
Jason Lindahl
Aug 17, 2018
Ash McD
8/18/2019 14.2mi
Aug 10, 2018
Erik James
13mi
Jul 23, 2018
Nick Wright
14.5mi — 1h 00m

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  4.1 from 17 votes

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