1.6 miles
Distance
205 ft
Climb
-152 ft
Descent
00:16:21
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Aptos Rancho Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Nisene Marks State Park
    Aptos, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #45366 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #9404 in Trail Running
    • #5843 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 65 in Hiking
  • Land Owner
    California State Parks

This is a nice parallel to the Aptos Creek Fire Road, and it has it's own special entrance from the edge of the park via a neighborhood street across from the Safeway shopping center on Aptos Ranch Rd. The trail goes all the way to the first bridge on the fire road. The trail is one of the few legal single track trails in Nisene, but because it is very accessible (It even has an ADA section after the Split Stuff intersection) be prepared for many hikers, families, and dogs on a leash.

Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Aptos Rancho Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    54 ft
  • Altitude min
    55 ft
  • Altitude max
    164 ft
  • Altitude start
    106 ft
  • Altitude end
    161 ft
  • Grade
    0.6%
  • Grade max
    -17%
  • Grade min
    24.1%
  • Distance climb
    4,101 ft
  • Distance down
    3,425 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,102 ft
  • Avg time
    00:16:21
  • Avg reverse time
    00:18:01
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on Jun 22, 2022
Dry
Avg: 4.35 (3 votes)
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      Aptos Rancho Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 22, 2022 @ 10:46am
      Jun 22, 2022
      Jun 26, 2021 @ 5:46pm
      Jun 26, 2021
      Tree down on split stuff for past two weeks. May be down for a while.
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 11:32am
      Jul 20, 2020
      Jun 18, 2020 @ 3:45pm
      Jun 18, 2020
      Aug 7, 2018 @ 4:31pm
      Aug 7, 2018
      A few trees down that may stay down for awhile.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 4 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 23 rides
      • 18 miles avg distance
      All
      • 155 rides
      • Last: Sep 30, 2022

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      Jul 26, 2018 @ 1:05pm
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      Apr 5, 2018 @ 8:53pm
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      Apr 5, 2018 @ 8:52pm
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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Cpini (Jun 30, 2019 at 18:24)
      Fantastic trail to train your young kids on. A few challenging spots that can be gradually worked on and mastered, readying the kiddos or beginners for more advanced trials elsewhere. Advise going early as its popular with hikers and neighborhood walks.
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      Bake915 (Dec 28, 2017 at 16:34)
      Beautiful trail in the redwoods, great for beginner riders! Took my 5 year old on it and he did great and had lots of fun
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