» 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.
Trail Map: Trout Gulch Trail is not shown all maps. It is probably unmaintained. Trail Map at Signite.Com shows its location.
Route: From George's Picnic Area, walk towards the bridge and continue walking along a wide fire road called Aptos Creek Fire Road (2.2 miles). Turn right on Trout Gulch Trail and follow it all the way until it ends (0.8 miles). Retrace your steps by the same trails, back to George's Picnic Area.
Porter Trail: This trail is a beautiful single-track hiking trail that connects Mary Easton Picnic Area to Porter Family Picnic Area. This trail provides an alternative to Aptos Creek Fire Road between these two points. There are two bridgeless creek crossings along this trail. After rainfall, the creeks have enough water to make your feet wet.
From Highway 17 going south, go along CA-1 South. After about six miles, take Exit 435 for State Park Drive towards Aptos. Soon after the exit, turn left onto State Park Drive. After 0.3 miles, take the second right onto Soquel Drive. In half a mile, you will reach the intersection of Soquel Drive and Aptos Creek Road in Aptos, CA. Turn left onto Aptos Creek Road and drive about a mile to reach the Park Entrance kiosk where you would have to pay entrance fees. Drive another mile to reach George's Picnic Area, which is near 'Steel Bridge' and 'Winter Gate' in the official map.
Parking Fees: $8 per vehicle (last visited: March 2014)