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Old Growth Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Aptos, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 269 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

No dogs

Description
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park allows dogs on the Split Stuff Trail but not on the Old Growth Trail.

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Reviews (36)
Photos (111)
Recordings (31)
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Steven Magana-Zook
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HikingOver grownWashed out

Very pretty trail, but be very cautious as the trail is narrow at some points and there is tons of poison oak throughout.

Mixim Murchison
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Hiking

At the time of this review, the parking lot at the park entrance is open, parking $8. I really enjoyed this hike with my family. It was long enough for a workout but short enough that kids didn’t complain. We sat by the river & ate lunch & swung on the rope swing. We saw several banana slugs & beautiful redwoods. The trail wasn’t super busy but we did see several others on the trail. We wore masks when we crossed paths with other hikers. If you want a longer hike, there are many side trails that branch off the loop. The hike starts at the entrance/ toll booth. I clocked 2.0 miles on my fitness tracker. Bring a light sweatshirt because the temperature dips under the shade of the tree canopy.

Susan P
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HikingBridge out

Very pretty, mostly easy trail with a few inclined. Bridges out Nov-Apr so be prepared for making your own way across the creek!

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Archana Mehta
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Hiking

Went with hubby today and fell in love with this trail . From start felt being in the wilderness with great views of forest , lovely walk along the creek as well as easy and few area of steep hike . Sunny plus slight cold weather which was Awesome.

Dana A
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Hiking

Perfect hiking for a 3 and 5 year old. Loved crossing the creek and enjoying the redwoods.

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Katelyn Jackson
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Running

I'm a clumsy trail runner, and some portions of the trail were too narrow or steep to really run. I would pick a different trail for kids younger than 6 or so, but otherwise a great trail for hiking. The trees are definitely beautiful

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Jack Block
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Hiking

Went with two friends. Great hike with some elevation. Redwoods were beautiful.

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Julia Pinsky
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Hiking

Easy trail, but not all flat. I walked at a good clip and got my heartbeat up. A group of families gathered at the creek was sweet, tho added high pitched human noise to the mix with the jays. Go to the downed Advocate Tree to see a remarkable 1,000 year old redwood just fallen in 2017.

Jaden Wilkes
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HikingOver grown

only overgrown in spots. nice trail with my dog though I thought I was on an actual dog friendly trail. The creek near the bridge was fun for my doggo yay :) will hike again

Toby B
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Hiking

I think this (and Oak Ridge Loop) is one of the best loops in the park for kids/families/newbies to the park in general. You get the best creek crossing and a picnic table next to it to enjoy the area with lots of little loops and places for kids to explore. The hike itself is not too strenuous uphill and the old downed tree is really cool. You get a good sample of the foliage and scenery this park offers. Be careful with the creek crossing in the wet season. Rain boots are a good idea, especially now. The fall colors are beautiful and the forest smells amazing. (11/2018)

Erin Collins
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy hike!

Tannie Low
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Hiking

This is my go-to trail for any visitors. Short, sweet, and there’s a 1000 year old downed tree you can walk on!

Todd Fitzgerald
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Hiking
First to Review

Great easy trial with some amazing trees to see.

Justine Wiley
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Makenzie Schwartz
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John Frederick
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Formosan Rex
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James Gorham
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Stephen Cox
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Mike Swindell
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Matthieu Vincenot
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Jeannie Sanders
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T P
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Chris Carver
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Andrew Hekman
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Meredith H.
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Tabitha Patterson
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Frank Fletcher
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Alan Nogee
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