Aptos Rancho Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Aptos Rancho Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Aptos, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 387 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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Nice hike but we left too late so there were far too many people for my liking!

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2 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful trail with mild incline and decline. The steepest grades don’t go farther than maybe a couple hundred feet. You at many points have access to a nearby fire road, and the creek. There are plenty of places to stop off and rest or enjoy scenery, and a few large flat areas to just wander.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Combined with lower portion of Terrace trail this makes for a 4.3 hike with a small loop at the top and a bit more climbing! Requires two creek crossings, easy when creek is low

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5 months ago

This trail is definitely not lightly traveled. Several times we had to pull off to the side with the dog to let other hikers by. So fun to look at the redwoods and the river running through it adds another element to the beauty in the trees.

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8 months ago

Nice, light hike in a shady area. There were people on the trail, but overall quiet and it never felt crowded. Easy access to other trails, in case you wanted to add a little extra on. With the creek and the shade it would be a good summer hike.

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Sun Oct 21 2018

A super easy and beautiful hike that winds along Aptos Creek under the shade of bay, oak, laurel, and redwood trees. Park at the Safeway and cross the street into the culdesac (the road that is straight ahead out of the shopping center lot) to walk straight down to the trailhead. You can access Aptos Creek Fire Rd. and lots of other trails in lower Nisene Marks via this route without paying to park.

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