Forest of Nice Clean Parks Forest of Nisene Marks is beautiful park with a nice
wide road through the middle. The scenery is
beautiful and the trail is smooth enough and the grade easy enough that this is a
very popular place for the locals to take there families. If you decide to show up
on a weekend expect lots of traffic.
Note: The State Park sites list it as Nisene Marks, elsewhere it's listed as Nicene Marks. I changed the spelling on my site to reflect this.
Not enough Singletrack, heavy traffic
Located just south of Santa Cruz in Aptos. From Santa Cruz take highway 1 South to the "State Park Drive" exit. Turn right on Soquel Drive and drive 1 mile to Aptos Creek Road. Turn left on Aptos Creek Road and look for parking in a dirt lot on the right hand side. Follow Aptos Creek road into the park and keep an eye out for a trailhead on the left if you want to catch the singletrack at the beginning.
As we were unloading the car we noticed a herd of deer on the hillside above us, what a great way to start a ride.
email@example.com -=- August 07th 2003
The park is wonderful to ride or walk in. The park is very close to the beach, which is kinda nice. The tempature is usally nice and warm but tends to get cool in late afternoon. Make sure to bring a camera for the views are filled with wildlife, what a relaxing place to be....
There is a couple of miles of singletrack which parrallels the road before you cross the "metal bridge". The trail curves away and then back to the road several times so keep an eye out for a trailhead near the entrance to the park. Once you pass the parking area you will be confined to the fireroad.
Hoppy, my wifes new Specialized Rock Hopper. At the time of the ride my Sugar was in the shop due to the second frame crack so I was borrowing Hoppy until I had wheels again.
Most of the Nicene Marks trail is a gentle upward grade on the way out which makes the return trip feel like you're cheating. The trail was originaly an old railroad line which was used to haul valuable redwood out of the forest. The last 1/2 mile or so before the incline you can still see the ocasional railroad tie peeking out through the trail.
firstname.lastname@example.org -=- October 24th 2005
this i hope will act like the one you sent me last time because it gives me the same view like the one before and i think it will act as though because i was not able to retrieve that you sent me
Nicene Marks also contains the remnants of the town of Loma Preta. The town was abandoned a long time ago and the last standing building destroyed about 30 years ago by fire. It is now known primarily because it was near the epicenter of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.
-=- March 08th 2005