Sand Point Loop

West Ridge Trail to Aptos Creek Fire Road
(12 miles, +2400/-2400 feet).

My buddy MixMaster recently moved to NorCal, so I went up to see him and his family after they got settled in.  And of course we had to hike!  He showed me a nice loop in Nisene Marks State Park.  It was so different than SoCal!

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So Green
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Are you a robot?
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Gorgeous tall redwoods
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Arachni-home

It’s a pretty hike through dark woods and we had a cool foggy morning.

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The “view” at the top

On the way up was trail, but the way down was a fire road where we could walk side by side for easier conversation.  Both were nice!

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Forrest floor denizen
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MixMaster ponders the wood
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That was a great climb!
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Mossy

My favorite part of the day was our two banana slug sitings!

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Thing 1
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Thing 2

And on the gentle descent we were greeted by wildflowers shortly before returning to the car.

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Sweet!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mark says:

    What maps do you like to use on the trail?

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    1. James Fowler says:

      I use GaiaGPS and also am testing out the CalTopo beta.

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