Loma Prieta Grade Small Loop

EASY 8 reviews

Loma Prieta Grade Small Loop is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.9 miles
278 feet

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

The Forest of Nisene Marks SP boasts an old Lumber Railroad Grade. An introductory walk into the lower reaches of Nisene Marks. This trail is highly popular with the locals for an afternoon break. It's a good one for walks, jogging, and much of it is accessible to bikes. The trail also provide access to the trail heading deeper into this 10,000 acre state park. Dogs are OK on the fire road. Much of this particular walk traces the old lumber railroad grade. The rugged region was extensively logged between the 1880's and about 1920. The second growth forest is now an outstanding example of the regenerative powers of redwood and fir forests. This walk includes redwood and fir forest, maple, alder, oak, madrone, and other broad leaf Nisene is also the home of the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. It became a state park in 1963 when the Marks Family donated the property to the State in honor of the memory of Nicene Marks. The park's activities include: Bike Trails Hiking Environmental Campsite: (831)763-7064 for availability. Horseback Trails 8 Picnic Sites Additional statistics from the park's brochure include: Between Nicene and the adjoining Soquel Demonstration Forest there are over 62 miles of recreational trails and roads. Of that: 20 miles are exclusive to hiking. 42 miles are available for both hiking and biking mixed use trail. 24 miles are open for horseback riding. More information is available at the Seacliff State Beach Visitor's Center. Call 831-685-6444 for hours and information.

9 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Beautiful trail. One negative is you drive on a fire road to get to the beginning of the trail and there are numerous people hiking and biking on fire road. We took a detour coming back on a path that led to the river, which was great; but... then we ended up hiking on the fire road to get back to the car. Suggestion - go on a weekday.

11 months ago

First visit and we will definitely be back. This whole park is gorgeous. Can't wait to do more of the trails in this area. This trail was beautiful and kid friendly. Loved it!

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