• Van Eck Tree

    Van Eck Tree

  • Lichen on Branches – Aptos Rancho Trail

    Lichen on Branches - Aptos Rancho Trail

  • Terrace Connector Trail

    Terrace Connector Trail

  • Terrace Trail Giant

    Terrace Trail Giant

  • Twisted Grove

    Twisted Grove

  • Big Leaved Maple

    Big Leaved Maple

Upcoming Events


Trail Work

The Advocates will meet at 9:30 AM at the kiosk to install the seasonal bridges. Remember to sign up through

Trail Work

Meet with the Advocates to continue work on maintaining our trails. Remember to sign up through

Forest News

Tanya – Trail Boss

Tanya – Trail Boss

The Advocates have been saddened by the recent passing of Tanya Larson O’Donnell, our trail boss, board member, and dear friend.  Tanya died on January 17 after a sudden illness with NUT Midline carcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.  Her husband, family, friends, and fellow Advocates will celebrate her life through several events still to be scheduled.  Read Advocates Vice-President John Fuchs’ tribute to her life.

Rock Sculpture in honor of Tanya by Allison Livingston.


Flower of the Week

Flower of the Week

The blue purple color of the Hounds Tongue is magnificent!  They are named as their leaf looks like a hound’s tongue.  They have been seen growing all along the Westridge Trail, especially near the power poles.  Also along the Vienna Woods Trail, The Buggy trail, the Terrace Trail and the Old Growth Loop.   Get hiking, biking or running in the forest and be sure to stop and admire!



Porter House. Those of you who have wandered up the Loma Prieta Grade Trail recently have no doubt seen the interpretive panel at Porter House Site. If you’re a long time county resident or even a recent arrival to the area, you may recognize the Porter family in the place names of Santa Cruz County – Porter Gulch Road near Cabrillo College, Porter Street and the Porter Memorial Library in Soquel, Porter College at UCSC and the Porter House Site in the Forest of Nisene Marks.  Read More.

Image and Video Gallery

Fall Scenes
Photos of Fall
Porter House
Advocates Volunteers
Photos of Spring
Images of the Forest
Park’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Images of the Past