Trout Gulch Trail - Route II
8.1 miles     800 ft
3 Mar 2012

A short but pleasant walk amid redwoods in Forest of Nisene Marks. Trout Gulch Trail is not shown in all maps and looked overgrown in March 2012.

Location: Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» 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.


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. When you reach the intersection with Aptos Creek Trail, explore the creek area - this trail meanders next to the creek. Return via Aptos Creek Trail. On the way, make a side trip to Trout Gulch Trail to explore a rarely visited section of Forest of Nisene Marks. This trail looked unmaintained and overgrown in March 2012.

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.


Location: Along Aptos Creek Road, about one mile north of intersection of Aptos Creek Road and Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA. Near 'Steel Bridge' and 'Winter Gate' in the official map. . No street address. Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Directions: 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.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $8 per vehicle (last visited: March 2014)

Capacity: About 15 cars

Latitude: 36.997309     Longitude: -121.906507

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