Forest of Nisene Marks State Park Hike

  • September 4, 2010 · 9:30 AM
  • California Avenue Caltrain Station

Hello All,

We had a wonderful group of 21 adventurous hikers for our Henry Cowell river-crossing hike on Sat. Aug. 21.... and even many pics to prove it!

Next Saturday (Sept. 4) our destination is Forest of Nisene Marks State Park (near Santa Cruz) where we will hike among the lovely redwoods and hike to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake. The hike is moderately strenuous with a total distance of 9 miles. Afterwards, we will have an optional dinner at Manuel's Mexican Restaurant in Aptos-- a local favorite with excellent margaritas and food!

Further details posted below. Note that for those in the South Bay Area who want to carpool, I have included a self-organizing carpool site in Los Gatos. I hope you can join us....

Your Organizer,
Julio M. P.S. Sign-up for my group to get updates & find out about coming hikes:
Upcoming hikes: Sept. 4: Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Sept. 25: Wunderlich Park

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Sept. 4 (Saturday)
Destination: Forest of Nisene Marks State Park (outside Aptos)
Date: September 4, 2010
Total length of hike: 9 miles
Total elevation gain: 1200 feet (approx.)
Further information on Forest of Nisene Marks State Park at URL:
Driving distance/time: 53 miles / 1.25 hour approx. each way
Cost: Mileage ($30 per car round trip )+ Park Entrance fee ($10 per car)
Organizer: Julio M. (contact info below)
Get the latest updates on upcoming hikes at my site:

RAIN CANCELS....In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on
the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about
hike cancellation due to weather. Meet: 9:30 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Avenue,
Palo Alto (meet on platform side of parking lot near middle where
underpass is located) to carpool

10:15 AM: Self-organizing carpool at Los Gatos Park & Ride lot on
Los Gatos-Saratoga Road (Hwy. 9) between Univeristy Ave. and Santa
Cruz Ave. 11:00 am at Porter Family Picnic Area Parking Lot Estimated finish time: 5 PM (back at trailhead)

* Optional dinner at Manuel's Mexican Restaurant in Aptos

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park offers an interesting landscape shaped by a variety of forces including earthquakes, large landslides, fire, and man. Some of the highlights of the park include a lovely deep narrow canyon surrounding the Aptos Creek, a range of tree types including Coastal Redwoods, madrone, various oaks and Douglas fir, lovely views of the Pacific Ocean, and the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Due to the coastal climate of this park and the shade of the forests, this park is an ideal location for a comfortable summertime hike. Our hike will begin at the Porter Family Picnic Area and take us through the shady lush Aptos Creek canyon along the Loma Prieta Grade Trail. We will work our way up the canyon and pass a few historic sites including the Bridge Creek Historic Site. We will then follow a short trail segment to allow us to visit Maple Falls on Bridge Creek.

The Bridge Creek Trail then takes us back to the upper end of Aptos Creek Canyon. Here we will join the Aptos Creek Fire Road which takes us to the Aptos Creek Trail. A short hop on this trail takes us the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake of Oct. 17, 1989. In 2006, a large landslide closed off the remainder of this trail, so we will turn back and head back towards the Aptos Creek Canyon and back to our starting point at Porter Family Picnic Area. DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Porter Family Picnic Area of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park:

- Take the I-280 SOUTH ramp towards SAN JOSE
- Exit to HIGHWAY 85 heading TOWARD GILROY
- Go a bit more than 6 miles.
- Turn left at the stop light at end of the exit ramp
- Cross the overpass and proceed to stoplight at intersection with Soquel Drive
- Turn right at the stoplight onto SOQUEL DRIVE
- Continue on Soquel Drive through the VILLAGE OF APTOS until a STOP
- Turn LEFT at the STOP SIGN onto TROUT GULCH ROAD / Valencia St.
- Drive 4.2 miles to FERN FLAT ROAD
- Drive 0.4 miles to park entrance
- Continue to the PORTER FAMILY PICNIC AREA where we will park and meet. Trip "leader":
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594

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  • Julie

    This was my first time with this meetup group, and it was a great hike! Good people, too.

    September 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Julio's car-pool attract more hikers and a good way to protect the environment and resources. shaded trial was pleasant work out. and careful selected Mediterranean restaurant really finish the beautiful day with a high mark. thank Julio for the good work.

    September 7, 2010

  • Aaron L.

    Smooth ride. Not much up-and-down hill.

    September 5, 2010

  • Rex in San C.

    It was my first hike with this Meetup group, and I thought Julio was very organized. The people on the hike were friendly, too. His choice of Zameen Mediterranean Cuisine afterward turned out to be excellent. I'll keep Zameen in mind for next time I'm there.

    September 5, 2010

  • Mingxi W.

    a lot of fun.

    September 5, 2010

  • shashi

    anyone interested in car pooling from fremont?

    September 3, 2010

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