» Official Brochure: Official Trail Map with details of both Forest of Nisene Marks and Soquel Demonstration Forest. The area close to Entrance Station in Forest of Nisene Marks is shown enlarged. Trail lengths are missing in this map.
» PeasePress Map: Trails of Santa Cruz: Excellent quality map showing various parks in the Santa Cruz area.
To Maple Falls: From George's Picnic Area, go along Aptos Creek Fire Road (0.4 + 0.7 + 0.2 miles) → Loma Prieta (0.6 + 0.1 miles) → Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls (1.4 + 0.5 miles).
To George's Picnic Area: You may return by the same route as above.
* Creek crossings: The last half mile to Maple Falls, beyond Bridge Creek Historic Site, is all along a creek. The trail switches from one side of the creek to the other almost a dozen times. After heavy rains, you would have to wade in about 6 to 12 inches of water for some of these crossings. Some spots require scrambling. In 2014, we could not find the trail and water level was low. So we waded inside the creek for some time to reach
* Side trip along Porter Trail: The overall experience may be enhanced by adding Porter Trail to the trip. It is a single track hiking trail that connects Mary Easton Picnic Area and Porter Family Picnic Area. There are two creek crossings without bridges along this trail. Both crossings are very close to Aptos Creek Fire Road. If the water level is too high, retrace your steps and follow Aptos Creek Fire Road instead of Porter Trail.