Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Sand Point Overlook

MODERATE 21 reviews

Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Sand Point Overlook is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.2 miles 2665 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A beautiful and longer hike that goes to the Sand Point overlook.

27 days ago

3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

5 months ago

Great but prepare for poison oak!

6 months ago

Beautiful trail running! My dog liked it too :)

hiking
8 months ago

we went to Five Finger Falls Sunday March 28 2016. It was beautiful. The trail was block with trees and land slides but we loop through it and made the 17 miles loop. Lots of water at the falls.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike has great views along the Aptos Trail, not so much when you're on Aptos Creek Fire Rd. If you haven't tried this trail while its raining, I suggest you do. Not for the feint of heart though as going either direction on the Aptos Trail will be hard without hiking sticks.

hiking
9 months ago

Great location for families with young kids. If you like hiking in the shade, this is the place for you.

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent trail with great views. Side trails also are very fun for experienced hikers with great access to the creek!

cross country skiing
1 year ago

We did the hike to the Historic Bridge Site. It's a loop which works out to be about 7.4 mile. Much of it is a narrow footpath high above the forest floor but you also go down and hike along the creek for part of the last leg of the hike. Nice combination of up and down. I would rate it as moderate, as there are a few tricky places that are quite steep. Really beautiful!

1 year ago

This park is fantastic in its peace and serenity. I loved this hike/run. We started on the loma prieta trail to Big Stump Gap trail then.

1 year ago

Nice park and the trails are ok. Not really a destination hike though. It's the same scenery most the time, especially if you walk on the fire road.

1 year ago

Good - Beautiful scenery and easy trails. Bad - completely useless map available at the ranger station and the trails are not well marked. Very easy to walk in in circles for hours on end in the interconnected loops. There's also several trails that are not on the map. This made getting lost almost s certainty.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Great for biking and running. Shaded area.

2 years ago

Beautiful park, shaded and trails are well marked. I would recommend this hike.

mountain biking
3 years ago

My wife and I rode our mountain bikes here. It was the most beautiful redwood tree forest scenery we ever saw.

hiking
3 years ago

Great little place for an overnight tune-up hike, which is what I used it for in preparation for a longer trip to Yosemite. The West Ridge trail is ho-hum, but the trail along Bridge Creek is very pretty and Maple Falls is well worth the walk. The backpacker campground is nice but there is no water nearby, so you have to pack it in.

hiking
4 years ago

great hike, beautiful scenic trails, redwoods, streams and bridges.

mountain biking
4 years ago

Awesome fun trail that connects to Sawpit and Braille trails for single track fun. You need to be better than a beginner to bike this because the downhill single track is somewhat challenging (especially for an avg biker). Gotta bike this!!

mountain biking
5 years ago