Aptos Creek Scramble

 We meet at Nisene Marks entrance. We'll bike ride to the Aptos trailhead where we scramble Aptos Creek towards Five Finger Falls. From there we hike back to the trailhead and bike back to the entrance. 

This is a challenging trip involving climbing over and under countless  trees and boulders  taking all day. Water can be knee high.  Bring long pants and long sleeve  shirt  that can roll up, hiking shoes, extra water shoes, gloves, substantial  snacks, LOTS of water,  possibly water filter, first aid kit.  Cell phone with camera suggested. It is essential that we stay together as a group and help each other out as needed. 

Your RSVP indicates a real  interest in participating and  puts you on the want a spot list.  We'll have up to 8 people and this activity  needs approval to participate. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I just listed the next scramble in Veronica's Capitola Aptos Hiking group. Maybe a few over there want yo of it too! It's 7-12.

    May 25

  • Susan

    You guys are killing me....swimming????? Say it ain't so...as I sit here with an iced foot. Oh man. Gotta do this. And you're home 'fore dark. Sounds EPIC!

    1 · May 24

    • A former member
      A former member

      Susan, more like controlled falling that swimming. Donna and I got wet butts falling backwards and she did a lovely face-plant into Five Fingers, but her boots stayed dry so she gets points for style!

      2 · May 25

  • Daniel C.

    So you went swimming in the 5-fingers pool?

    May 24

    • Donna B.

      Not on purpose, Dan...I slipped and took the plunge!

      May 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Donna. UR a very good swimmer!

    2 · May 24

  • Rene'

    Exhilarating adventure with fun loving people!

    May 24

  • Jim H.

    I had a great time doing this scramble. The other participants were fun and engaging. I'd love to do it again!

    2 · May 24

  • Donna B.

    The swimming was amazing and refreshing! Had a great time...thanks for the laughs.

    1 · May 24

  • Susan

    NOOOOOOOOO.....I can. not. believe. what. has. happened. Yesterday while cleaning kitchen counters (lesson learned about no good deed goes unpunished) I dropped a toaster on my foot. It hurt, but hey, lots of things hurt. Iced and thought it'll stop. It was rather swollen this a.m. and X-ray confirmed a small broken bone near a toe joint. I was sick knowing that I would then not be able to do the scramble. So I'm out. Don't look for me, just keep me in your thoughts. It's not hugely bad and she said in 2 to 3 weeks I should be "basically ok". So, Sara et al, if you are going on more scouting trips mid to late June please let me know. I am heart sick about this. Really bummed. Especially since Sara you inspired me to get back to Yoga regularly, which I have, and I wanted to see the effects on my navigating stuff. Boo hop, poor me. Susan

    May 23

    • Susan

      Thanks. I looked forward to connecting up with you guys too.

      May 23

    • Susan

      Sara...yes. That would be perfect. I leave the 14th for about six weeks so a scramble before I leave will be great. I'll be sailing most of those 6 weeks so not much activity and launching with a good scramble would be perfect. Yes I am in that group. Thanks for thinking of me!

      1 · May 23

  • Donna B.

    I'm in! I was just talking to a friend who lives by Nisene and he reminded me that the Santa Cruz Blues Festival is going on this weekend and the traffic gets crazy around Aptos Village Park. He said that people are gobbling up parking as early as 9 a.m. I am planning to meet you at George's Picnic area by 9:00. Is that all right or should I shoot for earlier?

    May 21

    • Donna B.

      Sara, since I'm driving I figure I should error on the side on being early. I can find a way to amuse myself should I have extra time to wile away.

      May 22

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good Donna. I just didn't want to have a misunderstanding see you between: 830 and 845 whenever we see you at George's. :-)

      2 · May 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is everyone else still going? Nicholas? Alice? Donna? Jim? Susan? Rene? I know it's a holiday weekend so if anyone needs to bail-out that's fine. Just please do it early so the wait-listed folk have a chance. Thank you.

    May 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Susan. Can't wait to see you! I like to wear socks that cover my legs too just below the knee. I got lots of little cuts around my ankles and shins when I didn't and this time I am going to wear gloves because no matter how careful I am I get cuts on my fingers. This time I've also got a first aid kit since you really saved my bacon last time sharing yours. Those blisters I got from wet feet in wet hiking boots for 8-9 hours would have hurt a lot more if you hadn't had the supplies to bandage them over when we changed into dry boots. Thanks again!

      1 · May 21

    • ALICE V.

      Hi Sara...I was just asked to go away for the long wknd so unfortunately I'll need to cancel. I hope to catch up with the group during future outings.

      1 · May 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be looking for a few geocaches along the way as that is my new hobby. There are a bunch hidden along the way. If anyone's interested you may help if you like, but we won't take much time for that. Dan Chapman, who introduced Rene, Susan, Donna and I to scrambling, sent an email yesterday that I just saw to our geocaching friends telling them about this scramble so we may have some geocacher company in the creek. They are all experienced scramblers. I don't know if any will actually be there though since it's getting close and many people probably have their holiday weekend's planned by now. Also, bring bug spray. In a hike to FFF two weeks ago I was surprised how voracious the mosquitos are at the moment.

    2 · May 21

    • Susan

      Wonderful! I have a new gps that I am really struggling with to use in a useful. way. Any help in how to better use my Gps would be greatly appreciated. Geocaching sounds very fun. Thanks for the update about bug repellant. I wouldn't have thought of that.

      1 · May 21

  • Merritt E.

    Sara, my kayak trip came through so I'll be in the Trinity Alps this weekend. Sorry to miss the scramble, I'll have to look forward to the next one.

    May 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok Merritt. Have a great time and I'll see you soon!

      May 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ps. Be sure to drop off this event so the wait listed guys can jump on. :-)

      May 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    For adrenalin junkies it certainly is Rene!

    May 12

  • Rene'

    Yet another disclaimer: May be psychologically addicting.

    1 · May 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had such a great time scrambling on Saturday I don't think I can wait 2 weeks. I'm going Wednesday the 14th and I'll go again on the 24th. Anyone wanna go with me on Wednesday? This exact route. Susan?

    May 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scrambled Hinckley Creek yesterday, which is the backside of Nisene. The Log Jam Of Doom is amazing and deserves its' name! Harder that anything we will do. Teamwork saved the day on that one! If all goes well with our scramble in Aptos Creek, maybe in the future???

    1 · May 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nicholas, same question to you. I want to make sure everyone who comes knows this is more like a natural obstacle course than a hike. You will have 4 dozen chances to fall 10-20 feet into the creek and break a leg. Have you scrambled ?

    May 8

    • Susan

      Gosh Sara, you are good! You should write guide books! I'm salivating at the chance to get out there! How would you rate it compared to the first scramble? Maybe you have a new profession: discovering Santa Cruz scrambles. If you're going to do more scramblin' 'sploring,... if you want company let me know. I'm trying to get more proficient using my GPS.

      May 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Susan! Yes, we can definitely play more. I'd like to do more scrambling and I don't want to do it alone. Too dangerous. When I did this scramble two weeks ago alone I was keenly aware mid-way through that I was a slip away dozens of times from breaking a leg and so far below the Aptos Creek trail that no one would hear my screams. It was dumb of me to be there alone. I would rate the Scramble portion of this hike just as difficult as last time. There was one spot where my best option was to climb a steep, sliding hillside 25 feet over the creek, my feet kept sliding out from under me and my arms clutched rotting branches that were able to hold my weight for the seconds in took to slither sideways along the ridge. The hike out is much easier than last time though since we will be on the trail as soon as we leave FFF. The scramble portion took me 4 hours non-stop with no break because I was racing sunset. See you there!! :-)

      May 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alice, have you scrambled before? Do you know what you are getting into? This is not so much a hike as it is grabbing and downed trees and boulders and pulling ourselves up 30 foot mounds of debris for 4 hours in the creek up to our thighs at times.

    May 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    As you consider your water shoes consider that you will be in them for 4 hours. Socks are a good idea to minimize foot blisters and ankle scrapes. I like the ankle support of old hiking boots myself. I have used old sneakers too. We will stay together as a group and if anyone cannot continue we will climb out of the creek together and up to the Aptos Creek Trail to return to the bikes together.

    1 · April 29

  • Daniel C.

    Wow! I'm glad you guys are going to do this. I can't make it that weekend, but this is a perfect activity to try, to see if you would like to try the longer ones. Sara will be great at showing one solution through the obstacles in the creek,... Just make sure she recognizes the falls when you arrive (lol)! Also notice where the path crosses the stream, because that is where you catch the trail to head back. The trail crosses the creek less than a quarter mile from the falls, but its just a small path at that point.

    The route Sara took out of the canyon is one I haven't tried yet (uh I figured it was more less impossible to go that route) , and is now on my list to do!

    April 28

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dan. Rene's in charge of making sure I don't march us passed FFF! I remember where the path crosses the creek and beyond that the falls is on the right at 3:00. I just expected the falls to appear at the 10:00 position. I too would love to climb that ridge again. It was great fun to lay on the hillside and grab at tree trunks to pull myself up as my legs slid out behind me. It was thrilling even when I wasn't sure there was a path on the ridge. Now that I know there is I'll enjoy the 60-70 degree 1500 climb even more AND I'll know how to get my ass back to the bike!

      April 28

    • Rene'

      Sorry you're missing this one. Thanks for all your ideas. Lets set up another one soon. If we pass Five Finger Falls we'll "just" do what we did last time.

      1 · April 28

  • Donna B.

    Sounds like a great way to kick off a long weekend!

    April 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect description Rene! And thanks to Dan Chapman for suggesting the route and introducing us to Scrambling!

    April 28

  • A former member
    A former member

    Renee how long is the hike from 5 fingers to the trailhead ? The scramble part is 3.5-4 hrs. I was in the creek for 3 hours 20 minutes without a break. So the time would be approx 4 hrs plus 35 minute r/t cycle plus the hike back and time for a rest and shoe change at 5 fingers. So is that 6.5 to 7 hours? People should bring shoes to get wet and then dry hiking boots to return. Pants to curl up to keep dry up to the knees would be a good choice because there is also poison oak in spots so the option to cover legs and then raise pant legs in knee deep water would be helpful. Long sleeves are also suggested. Also water treatment for anyone who will need a refill using creek water. I made it with a single camelback but did drink the entire thing. The pace in the creek is 3/4-1 mile per hour climbing tree and boulder obstacles 20-25 feet tall over and over again. Phrase this how you like but adding these details would prepare people since we may get folks who regretted not coming last time and won't know wh

    April 27

    • A former member
      A former member

      What hey are getting into. Lots of snacks. Gloves Are not a bad idea as long as they don't prevent a firm grip. I got small cuts on my fingers.

      April 27

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