The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Forest of Niseme Marks

This is a hidden Gem located about 50 minutes north of Monterey up the 1. A great place to get out in to an amazing forest and enjoy some technical trails. I have placed driving directions from Monterey on the bottom of this page. Starting point :

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos, CA 95003
37.023636, -121.903683
Braille Trail

This an extremely fast and smooth singletrack with short side options that proved decent sized 4-5′ drops. You will be channeling through a solid canopy of trees on this trail. It might be smart to take it slow the first time around on this trail and run it hard after that.

Sawpit Trail

This trail is not as challenging as the Braille trail. You will find a really great trail focused on the sheer enjoyment of riding with a little less worry on whats around the next corner. there is a small technical rocky area in the middle of the trail and a steep little climb towards the end. This trail can be accessed from the Ridge trail. You can exit and follow Hihn’s Mill Rd. back to the parking area with some heavy peddling.

Ridge Trail
This is the big one in the area. You will park in the lower parking area and climb up a rather long and winding fire trail to the singletrack area. There is also a shuttle that can take you up to the singletrack area if you don’t have the extra hour to spend climbing up the fire road.
This is about 12 miles of singletrack trails and  overall a rather moderate trail. There will be some extremely fun banked corners and with a great winding flow. Be careful once you enter the Braille section of this ride as there are some hairy drop offs and a lot of roots and ruts.

Directions from Monterey

 Drive 38.2 miles, 49 min

 Monterey, CA

*Get on CA-1 N/Cabrillo Hwy from W Franklin St and Fremont St

1.5 mi / 4 min

*Follow CA-1 N to State Park Dr in Aptos. Take the State Park Dr Exit from CA-1 N

33.9 mi / 34 min

*Drive to Aptos Creek Rd

2.8 mi / 11 min

*Turn right onto State Park Dr (signs for Soquel Dr)

0.1 mi

*Take the 2nd right onto Soquel Dr

0.5 mi

*Take the 2nd left onto Aptos Creek Rd

2.2 mi

*The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

100 Aptos Creek Rd, Aptos, CA 95003

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