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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.
The trail started out pretty easy and quickly becomes more technical. The trails are marked pretty good, make sure to get a map when you enter the park. The redwood forest is dense and the trail runs narrow along canyons with some river crossings and rock hopping. The hike gets a bit more difficult towards the end but push on to the waterfall, it is amazing and definitely worth the hike. Water levels were low after a long summer but the river and the waterfall were still flowing. Will come back again for sure in the winter. Very exciting hike, We all loved it :)
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.