Forest of Nisene Marks - Trail, Aptos, California

Forest of Nisene Marks - Trail, Aptos, California

DESCRIPTION

Two options: main fireroad which takes you up to a great view of Monterey Bay at Sand Point Overlook. Climbers can continue up and the trail eventually connects with Soquel Demonstration Forest (also reviewed here). Other option is to ride the legal singletrack loop south of the steel bridge.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 27, 1998]
Anonymous

First 12 miles is a fireroad climb up to the top of Nisene Marks, then the fun starts when you hit the singletrack from the top and decend down some nice sweeping, winding singletrack; SWEEEEET!!!! Then starts a 4 mile climb up the fireroad back to Nisene Marks. Then it's 12 miles back down to where you started from. Give yourself some time to finish this route. It's about 35 to 40 miles total and will take 3 1/2 to 4 hours to complete.

Customer Service

Up Nisene Marks to the top. If you feel strong and energetic, continue left at the top into Demonstration forest; some of the best downhill singletrack in the state and it goes on for miles. You can follow any of three trails and it all brings you back to the fireroad climb back up thru Buzzard's Lagoon and back to Nisene Marks and down back to where you started.

Similar Products Used:

Wilder Ranch in Santa Cruz. Short climbs and nice singletrack.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 20, 1998]
Anonymous

If you want a good workout, this would be a perfect trail for you, but if your looking for singletrack, don't bother coming. These trails here are mostly fire road and the little singletrack here isn't bad, but it's not worth coming except if you live around here. The fire roads are a constant uphill and somewhat boring. A good alternative would be Wilder Ranch or Soquel Demonstration Forest.

Customer Service

Go up the Aptos Creek Fire Road, then go throught Soquel Demonstration Forest. After your done with that, go back down the fire road.

Similar Products Used:

Soquel Demonstration Forest

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 21, 1998]
Anonymous

Most singletrack seems to be OB but are really worth the effort & risk. Westridge, Budha & BigSlide will have you coming back again & again.

Customer Service

Only 1 way from Aptos that I know of. Climb fireroad to Sandpoint (Appox. 9mi. / 1500ft.) overview & drop in or continue 2mi. to top & Demonstration Forest.

Similar Products Used:

Demo. Forest: Tractor Trail, Sulpher Springs trails rock for decents! (Jumps, berms, etc.). Obviously made by bikers......

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 12, 1999]
Anonymous

I haven't gone much farther than Sand Point Overlook, but everything so far has been plush. From there you can go left and hit West Ridge, or keep going for a couple more miles and turn right onto Pig Trail. Or, scream back down the fire road for a shorter ride. When the weather clears up I'm going to give Buddha and Big Slide a try. Note all these rides are illegal except for Aptos Creek Rd... do them on the weekdays only (and move those damn stumps that the rangers love to throw on the trails).

Customer Service

Head up Aptos Creek Rd. to Sand Point Overlook. From there you have lots of options... Do West Ridge and Pig Trail for chure.

Similar Products Used:

Wilder, De La Viega Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 20, 1999]
Anonymous

Good place to take someone new to Mt biking if they are in good shape. The fire road is like riding up a regular dirt road without the cars. It's a very gentle climb through the redwood trees for the first few miles. When you reach the foot bridge, things start to pick up, and I do mean UP. The climb to Sand Point is a workout for anyone, and you can continue your workout to the top. Here you can turnaround for a fast 12 mile downhill, or drop down into Soquel Demo Forest. The trail Head for SDF is off to your left. SDF will add another 16 miles to the ride, and some fun challenging singletrack. Chack out the reviews of SDF for details.
I'll give the ride 5 fat tires
1.it is a good workout.
2.fun downhill
3.not too many bikers, or hikers past the foot briidge
4.great scenery, and not too muddy in the winter, or hot in the summer.
5.good for all levels, as it starts off easy, then gets steeper, then (sdf)tchnical.

After the ride drop in to "Pacific Rim Buffet" for an all you can eat asian food feed.

Customer Service

Take the fire road up, any singletrack before the steel bridge is fair game. There is a nice loop that starts near the bottom, it loops back up at Georges camp.

Similar Products Used:

Soquel Demo Forest, Wilder Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 07, 1999]
Anonymous

Thought I'd share some info about the park. I'm on the staff at Nisene ( Maintenance Supervisor ) and just a reminder,,,,,all single track above the Steel Bridge is ILLEGAL!! However,,,,,there possibly could be changes in the future, if you get involved. There is a group forming to address the bike issues at the park, and the State will be putting together a General Plan to guide any future decisions that are made. This park belongs to the citizens of California, and this group is a chance to voice your opinions and get involved. Need info? E-mail me and I will send you a flyer that has been circulated around the county.

Customer Service

Start at the bottom..........and go up! Sand Point is a good turn around point, good views, lots of fellow bikers if the weather is nice.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 23, 1999]
Anonymous

This park is great. The fireroad is always in good shape--even during the rainy season. I enjoy the climb up to Sand Point, but it took a few attempts. The singletrack is fast, with lots of roots and bumps.

Another great feature about this park is it doesn't get too hot in the summer. The redwoods provide a natural AC that keeps this forest comfy, whereas if you were on an open ridge out in Wilder Ranch you'd be baking.

Keep in mind that the park is closed after dark and even though it may be fun, technically challenging and thrilling, you should not ride here at night.

Customer Service

Any which way is fine.

Similar Products Used:

Wilder Ranch--bring lots of water.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 04, 2000]
Anonymous

The singletrack at the start is kinda fun but it is pretty short, and since you're just going parallel to the road it it felt kind of redundant. Once you get to the steel bridge there's nothing but a fireroad that goes up forever. I don't find that particularly fun. It's mostly a middle chainring climb and you can go fast, but it seems to go on forever. There are a couple places that look like mosquito breeding grounds. On the lower parts there was a fair amount of hikers, and someone with a baby carriage so that gives you an idea of how technical this trail is.

We rode past sand point all the way up, and went back the same way. The downhill is long and flat...it's fairly fun but it's just a long flat road, and I was starving after the long climb (bring food). I think the only reason I would ever do this again is if I lived nearby, or as an addon to Soquel which you can ride into. It gets 2 stars for the scenery and workout factor.

Customer Service

Do the singletrack at the bottom like the others say.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[May 28, 2000]
Anonymous

this is a great place to ride has a great "get in shape training ride" up to sand point and some fun trails like W.R. (this is an illegal trail) but a great deal of legal trails with steep descents and sick drop offs you want to keep the seat down here unless your going to the top.

i say this is a great place for riders of any caliber
form the kids on the $100 to the racers on the $5000 bikes

Customer Service

take single track down and cross the creek and you will get a longer ride on some techinal trails

Similar Products Used:

illegal trails of nisen marks

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 20, 2000]
Anonymous

Reading the other reviews no has mentioned Olive Springs. Go up Old San Jose Rd. from Soquel to Olive Springs Rd. Follow that for a mile or so you will get to the end of the road there will be a gate on your right across from the quarry weight station. Drop in their follow the fire road across the creek a few times then the fun starts steep fire road climb to Sand Point. Their are a couple super steep chutes and once you leave the creek you heart rate is not coming down till Sand Point quarnteed. Try It!

Customer Service

Olive Springs

Similar Products Used:

Done em all

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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