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18.4 mile 29.7 kilometer loop
15% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,810' 552 m
Descent: -1,846' -563 m
High: 1,623' 495 m
Low: 81' 25 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Trail shared by Garritt Cusack

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

Garritt Cusack

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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!

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.

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.


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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Dec 28, 2018
Salman Karbasi
Aug 12, 2018
John Brainard
Stuck to the access road from Epicenter Bikes to Top of the Incline. 10mi
Jul 30, 2018
Tomas Pasqualini
Mild trail
Jul 2, 2018
Jimmy Wetenkamp
Jun 16, 2018
Dimitri Pecoski
Very nice trail, but really foggy and raining. Saw a few sequoias towards the end of the trail a few miles past the vista point. 18.5mi
Apr 21, 2018
D Luu
Apr 5, 2018
Jens L
Great trail, enjoyed every minute. 8.6mi
Apr 4, 2018
PJ Garadis

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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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