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Best of Nisene

 6 votes

Length

18.4 Miles 29.7 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,810' 552 m

Ascent

-1,846' -563 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

1,623' 495 m

High

81' 25 m

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A close to town loop offering new options to your Sand Point climb or just a way to have fun in town

Garritt Cusack

Overview

No entering into Old Growth Loop, Oakridge or other hiking trails below Terrace Trail and off of Aptos Rancho Trail.
Great ride right from town and provides good elevation gain over a long distance. Even though Aptos Creek Road is a fire road, it feels more like singletrack as it has narrowed down from mainly bike use. Enjoy the beautiful old growth redwoods as you pedal your way to sand point lookout.
Family Friendly: Access to and from would probably be best from Epicenter Cycling in Aptos. However, this ride offers fun short loops with not much climbing and the best part is it's actually open to bikes!
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Bring proper gear for changing a tire flat because this loop totals over 14 miles. Also, make sure to bring a good amount of water and food. You'll have amazing views from the overlook on a clear day.

Description

Depending on where you start, you'll head N. on Soquel Avenue until you reach Vienna Drive. Head up Vienna Dr. all the way until you reach Wilshire Ave., take a left and where the roads end into a private drive you'll see signage for Vienna Woods Trail. Drop into Nisene Marks State Park from here.

You'll descend for a little less than a mile before you reach Terrace Trail & Vienna Woods Trail intersection. From here you have options, even though on the State Park map the trail dead ends at the creek, crossings are possible from all trail locations at this time. Anyhow, I prefer to continue on Vienna Woods by taking a left. Almost immediately, Vienna Woods Trail will fork again in which you'll stay LEFT and continue down to the creek where there is an actual Bridge Crossing.

After crossing the creek, you'll be on Aptos Rancho Trail and can either continue up to Georges Picnic Area and Sand Point Overlook or you can head right and back down Aptos Rancho Trail into town for a shorter ride. All of these options are going to be easy aerobically with no technical riding except for a few redwood roots crossing the trail.

History & Background

Old logging road used back in the 19th century for hauling out California coastal redwood.

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Apr 5, 2018
Jens L
Great trail, enjoyed every minute. 8.6mi
Feb 4, 2018
Anders Unruh
Oct 7, 2017
Jessica Ma
5mi
Sep 25, 2017
Gilberto Herrera
Aug 22, 2017
Tomas Pasqualini
28mi
Jul 8, 2017
Steven Samson
Sep 2, 2016
Brian Montag
14mi
May 24, 2016
Andy Houston

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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  4.5 from 6 votes
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#122

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#1,145

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Novice here. Is this trail still closed? May 1, 2017
I did this trail, very much a novice with just a few trips under my belt but I really liked it. It was hard but it had enough breather areas along the way that I was able to do it non-stop. The only thing I would say is that coming down, although awesome, is so long with having to lay on breaks for other bikers and hikers that it your arms get tired. Great one for beginners to cut their teeth on Jun 16, 2017

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