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Dogs cannot use all the trails. Only a selected few like the fire road.

Quiet and beautiful

21 days ago

Great trail if the weather agrees

Great hike.
It ended up being 14.5miles round trip. There are two trails that are washed out one of them being on a side of a cliff (sketchy but we made it).

Very nice hike, lots to see all along the way. The waterfall is beautiful but my favorite part were the many creek crossings, so fun! Just be sure when you see the first waterfall coming down the hill on your right, that you go up the hill on your left. We kept going straight through the ravine along the creek and realized the trail didn't continue that way

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.

4 months ago