Loma Prieta and Bridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Loma Prieta and Bridge Loop Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, CA that features a waterfall 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.

11.7 miles 1652 feet Loop

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


no dogs

This hike offers a walk along the beautiful Aptos creek. Experience the quietness of nature, and try to spot some of the abundance of wildlife that theses redwoods offer.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Went up and took the path up to the Maple Falls! about a 6 mile hike around a loop and a pretty steady but good incline! Trail gets a bit rough but we enjoyed the challenge

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1 year ago

It was superb! So gorgeous, engulfed in trees, big redwoods. This trail has many visitors however going up the mountain you still feel as though there is only you. I would recommend this for everyone to try once.

1 year ago

This was a great hike. It offers views of trees and some waterfall. However, be very careful of poison oaks since they are everywhere in the trail.

2 years ago

My daughter and I started out this morning at the winter gate. We walked about a mile to the trailhead and followed Aptos Creek fire road to the Bridge Creek trail. We followed this easy trail through some rolling terrain to the Maple Falls spur junction and followed another 1/2 mile to the falls. A nice steady stream was falling from about 25 feet even though it hasn't rained yet this winter. We doubled back to the junction and took the Hoffman Historic trail. This is where there was a more strenuous climb. We made it up and continued the never-ending meander through dense redwood forest covered with ferns (and lots of off-trail poison oak!). We continued on the Loma Prieta Grade back to Aptos Creek fire road and completed our 9.5 mile loop. Very impressive trail system and beautiful scenery. We'll be back a lot!

3 years ago

Beautiful quiet hike with tons of shade in nisene marks. Hiked to the end where there is a large waterfall. Def worth it!

4 years ago

A great hike in Nisene Marks State Park. This trail through the redwood forest offers lots of surprises around every corner -- historic locations, small waterfalls, lots of birds, banana slugs, great bridges and of course gorgeous vegetation. Lots of runners on this trail, but everybody shared the road well.

We had 5 kids (ages 7-11) an 4 adults and we did about 4 miles round trip and everybody made it with flying colors. This is a hike where you don't have to make the destination, the sites on the journey are more than enough to make your journey complete.

Our friends have been here before and told us that sometimes the gates prevent you from getting as close as you might like, but there are tons of great trails inside the park.

We'll be visiting Nisene Marks State Park on our next visit to Santa Cruz.