Best trails in Aptos

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Looking for a great trail near Aptos, California? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Wilder Ranch State Park or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Almaden Quicksilver County Park or Uvas Canyon County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Aptos ranging from 1.7 to 19.9 miles and from 114 to 2,437 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Aptos
Top trails (28)
#1 - Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 39 m
Off the beaten path, The Forest of Nisene Marks is a refreshing retreat from the busy towns and beaches along Highway 1 near Santa Cruz. Its dense second- and third-growth redwood forest rises from neShow more
#2 - Aptos Rancho Trail, Loma Prieta Grade and Bridge Creek Loop
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
NOTE: Although the The Forest of Nisene Marks is open for recreation, the park is temporarily closed to vehicular access and visitors are not allowed to drive or park in the area due to COVID-19 conceShow more
#3 - Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail Loop to Top of the Incline and Sand Point Overlook
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 7 h 26 m
A beautiful and longer hike that goes to the Sand Point overlook.Show more
#4 - Loma Prieta Grade Small Loop
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
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. ItShow more
#5 - Epicenter to Five Finger Falls
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 14.9 mi • Est. 7 h 33 m
There are views of waterfalls along Aptos Creek.Show more
#6 - West Ridge, Ridge Connector, and Loma Prieta Grade Loop
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Dogs are allowed on the Aptos Creek fire road at the start of this loop, but not the rest of the trail. A quick hike. Climb up the West Ridge Trail, whose grade is very gentle and pleasant. Then downShow more
#7 - Terrace Trail
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
The Terrace Trail is a short walk that follows Aptos Creek. Enjoy the beautiful redwood grovesShow more
#8 - Vienna Woods Trail
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 32 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#9 - Loma Prieta Grade to Bridge Creek and West Ridge Loop
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
#10 - Aptos Rancho Trail
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 there is currently no vehicle access to this trail or others in the park. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30355Show more
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