FOREST NISENE MARKS TRAIL MAP PDF

Off the beaten path, The Forest of Nisene Marks is a refreshing retreat from the busy towns and beaches along Highway 1 near Santa Cruz. Its dense second- and third-growth redwood forest rises from near sea level to steep coastal mountains. Most visitors come to picnic near Aptos Creek or to hike, jog, or bike on 30 miles of trails in rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2, feet. The park also has a trail camp 6 miles from the West Ridge trailhead.

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History[ edit ] The park was named after Nisene Marks, a passionate nature lover and the mother of a Salinas farming family that purchased the land from lumber companies and others in the hopes of finding oil. The park is on land that was clearcut during a forty-year period of logging — by the Loma Prieta Lumber Company. Evidence of logging operations, mill sites and trestles is visible in the park. The park is a popular spot for running, hiking and horseback riding. Mountain biking is restricted to the fire road as of because of deed restrictions regarding the state park.

The epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, was in this park. As of , the trail has been cleared, and with the addition of a new bridge, is once more accessible via the Aptos Creek Trail. Except for service animals, dogs are prohibited beyond the gate at the Porter picnic area parking lot. Dogs must be attended and on leashes no longer than six feet at all times. For a list of locations you can take your dog in Santa Cruz County, please click here.

Horses are not allowed past the steel bridge. West Ridge Trail Camp is closed. FIRES are not allowed anywhere in the park. Natural history[ edit ] Four-fifths of the park is covered in dense redwood forest.

Chaparral is found on a few of the hotter, steeper ridges. Douglas firs grow among redwoods in a number of areas. Other trees species include: alders, maples, and cottonwoods near creeks; tanoaks in the understory of redwoods; and Pacific madrone, California bay, and several oak species.

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History[ edit ] The park was named after Nisene Marks, a passionate nature lover and the mother of a Salinas farming family that purchased the land from lumber companies and others in the hopes of finding oil. The park is on land that was clearcut during a forty-year period of logging — by the Loma Prieta Lumber Company. Evidence of logging operations, mill sites and trestles is visible in the park. The park is a popular spot for running, hiking and horseback riding. Mountain biking is restricted to the fire road as of because of deed restrictions regarding the state park. The epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, was in this park.

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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Due to public safety hazards associated with heavy equipment operation, temporary road and trail closures are necessary. Updates will be provided here when available. Its dense second- and third-growth redwood forest rises from near sea level to steep coastal mountains. When the loggers left the Aptos Canyon, the forest began to heal itself; now, the scars grow fainter with each passing year.

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