Epicenter to Five Finger Falls

HARD 16 reviews

Epicenter to Five Finger Falls is a 16.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Aptos, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3622 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

bridge out

muddy

There are views of waterfalls along Aptos Creek.

hiking
1 month ago

The log bridge with cable was washed out (as of 4/16/17), so the only way to get to the falls was to stay on the fire road going north west, and going east towards the falls (and back the same way) . The trail was overgrown in several places and quite slushy since it was raining at the time. The waterfall was gushing, and as was the creek (I had to cross in knee deep water in some parts) . If you've parked on the other side of Aptos creek, west of 'Marcel's Forest', there are a few unmarked trails around there as well, so you could lose more time around there. Overall, still a very fun hike.

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4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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).

5 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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10 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

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10 months ago

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Monday, December 21, 2015

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Great hike. We finished the falls and cut over Sandy point and wrapped around the other side and pulled out 21 miles. Finished the last 3 miles path running. Great weather. 7 hrs.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

His is a great hike. From the wild orchids on the fire road to the awesome log bridge with cables on the hiking only portion. It is interesting with downed logs and non bridges quick dips over ravines and creeks. However the difficulty and grade always felt moderate. This is one of my favorites trails yet near the bay.