The park has picnic tables and a lawn area open to the public. There is a lovely gazebo and building often used for weddings, reunions, meetings and other such events.
Strenuous especially when climbing away from the creek, but worth it. I started at Aptos village and went 16 miles total in 5 hours. I warm fall day is the ideal time for this hike and I couldn't believe I was the only person on the trail on a Sunday afternoon.
His is a great hike. From the wild orchids on the fire road to the awesome log bridge with cables on the hiking only portion. It is interesting with downed logs and non bridges quick dips over ravines and creeks. However the difficulty and grade always felt moderate. This is one of my favorites trails yet near the bay.