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Bacon Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
72% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 892' 272 m
Descent: -223' -68 m
High: 2,589' 789 m
Low: 1,869' 570 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Joan Pendleton

Enjoy a scenic route on the ridgeline beside Aptos Creek Fire Road.

Joan Pendleton

Features Views

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park has a day use fee ($8.00 in 2017). Multi-day passes can also be purchased.

Description

Bacon Trail runs alongside the Aptos Creek Fire Road. This is a very different trail than the fire road—this trail is narrow singletrack through dense vegetation, and most significantly, it runs along the top of the ridge where the fire road runs on the hillside just below the ridgeline. This means many more views on this trail, including views to the Pacific Ocean, surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains, and a great view of Santa Rosalia Mountain. This is a fun trail.

Bacon Trail starts and ends at unmarked trail junctions along Aptos Creek Fire Road. From its start at mile 7.1 of Aptos Creek Fire Road, Bacon Trail immediately climbs to the ridge top through the dense vegetation. From here, it winds along the ridge top with many short ups and downs. Some of these ups and downs are very steep. This trail sees less use, and in places is quite faint, but it is alway there. It is best to be comfortable with trail finding to run this trail. From its perch on the ridge top, this trail offers wonderful views and sunshine. The effort to run it is well worth it.

After 1.8 miles, Bacon Trail ends at mile 9.1 along Aptos Creek Fire Road, very near the Aptos Creek Fire Road/Ridge Trail junction.

Flora & Fauna

Manzanita, oaks, firs, and low brush.

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The Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean in the distance, are seen through firs along Aptos Creek Fire Road
Dec 21, 2017 near Day Valley, CA
Santa Rosalia Mountain, at 2,529 ft., is seen through a break in the trees when looking northeast from Bacon Trail.
Dec 21, 2017 near Day Valley, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains and Pacific Ocean, are seen through the trees along Bacon Trail.
Dec 21, 2017 near Day Valley, CA

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