Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Top of the Incline and Sand Point Overlook

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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Top of the Incline and Sand Point Overlook is a 14.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length14.9 miElevation gain2,122 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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A beautiful and longer hike that goes to the Sand Point overlook.

Park at the Entrance Station

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Sarah Allen
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Nice trail. Good variety of terrain. Some fire roads. Shady and cool. Limited number of people once past the 2 mile mark.

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Bonnie Brannen
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Sara Hanley
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Rachel Kim
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Sanjay Khatri
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Mountain bikingGreat!
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Molly Long
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Kevin Hume
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Great condition

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Subhasmita Chakraborty
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Tammy Sanders and Harlan White
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H Otto
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Eric Walker
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Long uphill grade. Popular with MTBers.

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Richie Gharapetian
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Lester Ma
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Grace Clayton
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Very shady and nice blend of up and down

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Colin Gardner
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The trail has no traffic.. one foot wide with poison oak on both sides in many places... make sure to bring soap and a wash clothe to wipe down after ...ascended single track and did the fireroad descent.... steep heavily rooted sections ... would be great on mountain bike .

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Bobby Trail Legs
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Really Beautiful State Park. Hiking beneath the redwoods with a creek at your side, it’s hard not to love it! I recommend checking it out!

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Amber Merideth
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Brendan McInerney
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Plenty of technical and soft single track, heavy cover with the sun coming through the trees. Will be back

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Bob B.
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Hiked this recently. There was fog in the morning, which burned off, in the afternoon. There were a few nice vistas, the overlook at the top the most impressive, with 2 benches. Lots of poison oak but I had gaitors. One guy got stung by a wasp, which we were informed are active, this time of year. It was a strenuous hike, with gradual inclines. Bring at least 2 quarts of water, as there is none there. Many steep dropoffs along path make it somewhat dangerous. Moist, cool sea breezes made it comfortable. No good stopping points, other than at the top.

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cathryn Chen
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Very shady green !

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Shanna Bedesem
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Absolutely beautiful! Lots of rich lush foliage. Stays cool in the summer and plenty of shade for pleasant hiking. The array of birds and babbling creak provides a very peaceful atmosphere. Make sure to keep an eye out for poison oak.

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Hanah Kim
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Lots of poison oak on the return route. AllTrails suggests parking at the trail entrance but to shave off a mile or two you can continue to drive the paved road until it dead ends and start the hike from there.

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Sathish Kumar
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Good for hiking, family gathering and must visit.

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LUKE DARLING
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Did this in 3hr 25min, but started at the second parking lot on the way in, I believe it was 12mi round trip. I run and hike quite often, but the last 2mi to the Overlook got me huffing and puffing. Beautiful hike on the way up, but like others have said the second half is just a fire road.

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patrick roche
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sore. so very very sore.

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