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The Forest of Nisene Marks - Singletrack Ride

  • Jul 9, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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Let's Ride!

We will meet at Epicenter Cycling in Aptos at 5:45 PM.

We will start from there promptly at 6PM and ride the fireroad for a short while, then drop into the newly renovated, bike-legal singletrack in the lower area of The Forest of Nisene Marks.

This ride is suitable for advanced beginners, and will be about 8-10 miles, 1-2 hours.

I plan to make this a regular ride this summer,  and as the evenings get longer we will venture out either up the fire road toward Sand Point, or across the creek to explore the less traveled western side of the park. 

My rides are always at a slower climbing pace, but this area is pretty mellow, as it flows up and down alongside the creek, with the occasional narrow or rooty section. Excellent for a relaxing after-work cruise through the oaks and redwoods.











Remember, all riders need to be members of & South Bay Mountain Bike Group. Guests are no longer allowed. All riders need to RSVP as a member.


Distance: 6-8 miles round trip

Difficulty rating: Using Ray's difficulty rating system, I'd give 90% of this ride a 1-2, and 10% a 3.

Trail surface: paved or well-graded dirt fire road to start, then mostly smooth and fairly wide singletrack. One long, wide root-y climb/descent, and a section of narrow trail with a steep dropoff.

Terrain: Shaded second-growth redwood forest, nice for riding when it's warm. Bring layers in case the fog rolls in.

Bring water because there is none in the park

The restroom at the entrance station inside the park is pretty bad. I recommend using the restroom before you arrive.

Rain will cancel. I will post a weather update by 8 AM if we need to cancel.

Take 17 South toward Santa Cruz and then south on Highway 1.

Exit at the State Park Drive exit from Highway 1.

Turn left on State Park Drive at the traffic light.

Turn right on Soquel Drive. Go 1 mile to Aptos Creek Road.

Turn left on Aptos Creek Road (Aptos Station).

There is parking next to Epicenter Cycling in the dirt parking area on the right.

If your not sure where you are going or think you will be late, please leave earlier. It is not fair to have everyone else wait while you get ready to ride. Bring a spare tube and master link? There is a restroom on site.

***Please remember, a helmet is required for all our rides.***

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  • Michelle

    It was fun to show a couple of newer members some fun stuff in my local park. Thanks for joining me!

    July 12, 2013

  • alex m

    Singletrack in Nisene - dirt trails with a little climbing, a few roots, and no sand or rocks. A good ride for beginners; I had a good time.

    July 9, 2013

  • Ryan B.

    Sorry I was late! It was my first time driving to SC at that time of day so I failed to account for the traffic. Maybe I'll catch the next ride.

    July 9, 2013

  • Michele

    Won't be able to get out of work this week.

    July 7, 2013

    • alex m

      Is the July-9th ride still on, or are rescheduling to two weeks later?

      July 9, 2013

    • Michelle

      This ride occurs every two weeks, so yes, we're on for today July 9. See you in about 2 hours.

      July 9, 2013

  • Gabi

    Sorry. Hope someone on the waitlist can make it. Heading to Tahoe....

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is there anyone coming from SJ area? just put my truck up at shop and may not be ready by the time I need to leave to MeetUp... carpool anyone? i'M in need of a ride this one time. sorry. if no carpool, I'll hv to bail out. just an FYI.

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      next time... thanks Ryan.

      July 7, 2013

    • Tim P.

      I am coming from mountain view as well. My forester can fit two bikes in the trunk and two people.

      July 8, 2013

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