Loma Prieta and Bridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 63 reviews

Loma Prieta and Bridge Loop Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

11.2 miles
1,227 feet



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


no dogs

This hike offers a walk along the beautiful Aptos creek. Experience the quietness of nature, and try to spot some of the abundance of wildlife that theses redwoods offer.

8 months ago

Dogs only allowed on paved roads and in picnic areas

8 months ago


Saturday, July 29, 2017

This trail starts at the free parking but if you're willing to pay the entry fee, you can drive to the end of the Aptos creek fire road. The road traffic is pretty significant so its nice to skip the dusty road and start at the gate.

There are two significant landslides on the bridge trail which make it hard to finish the loop.

Monday, July 24, 2017

So beautiful here. Wish I could have seen more but I will be back for sure!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

loved it. Muddy and some parts of trail was covered, or washed away cuz of rain

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Saturday, September 12, 2015

It was superb! So gorgeous, engulfed in trees, big redwoods. This trail has many visitors however going up the mountain you still feel as though there is only you. I would recommend this for everyone to try once.

Monday, June 15, 2015

This was a great hike. It offers views of trees and some waterfall. However, be very careful of poison oaks since they are everywhere in the trail.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My daughter and I started out this morning at the winter gate. We walked about a mile to the trailhead and followed Aptos Creek fire road to the Bridge Creek trail. We followed this easy trail through some rolling terrain to the Maple Falls spur junction and followed another 1/2 mile to the falls. A nice steady stream was falling from about 25 feet even though it hasn't rained yet this winter. We doubled back to the junction and took the Hoffman Historic trail. This is where there was a more strenuous climb. We made it up and continued the never-ending meander through dense redwood forest covered with ferns (and lots of off-trail poison oak!). We continued on the Loma Prieta Grade back to Aptos Creek fire road and completed our 9.5 mile loop. Very impressive trail system and beautiful scenery. We'll be back a lot!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beautiful quiet hike with tons of shade in nisene marks. Hiked to the end where there is a large waterfall. Def worth it!

Monday, June 25, 2012

A great hike in Nisene Marks State Park. This trail through the redwood forest offers lots of surprises around every corner -- historic locations, small waterfalls, lots of birds, banana slugs, great bridges and of course gorgeous vegetation. Lots of runners on this trail, but everybody shared the road well.

We had 5 kids (ages 7-11) an 4 adults and we did about 4 miles round trip and everybody made it with flying colors. This is a hike where you don't have to make the destination, the sites on the journey are more than enough to make your journey complete.

Our friends have been here before and told us that sometimes the gates prevent you from getting as close as you might like, but there are tons of great trails inside the park.

We'll be visiting Nisene Marks State Park on our next visit to Santa Cruz.

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