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Great hike. During fall you'll have to hike the road for a few miles. Totally worth it! The hidden waterfall is a great reward!

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 :)

backpacking
3 months ago

Great 16 mile hike with multiple stream crossings to a gorgeous waterfall with a freshwater pool; saw fish, salamanders, lizards, dragonflies, butterflies, banana slugs, squirrels, hummingbirds, blue jays and more! Really nice

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

Great but prepare for poison oak!

walking
5 months ago

Love walking/ running here!

Beautiful trail running! My dog liked it too :)

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.

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.

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

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