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    Van Eck Tree

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    Lichen on Branches - Aptos Rancho Trail

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    Terrace Connector Trail

  • Terrace Trail Giant

    Terrace Trail Giant

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    Twisted Grove

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    Big Leaved Maple

Upcoming Events



The Advocates continue maintenance of the forest trails. Join us any third Sunday of each month. Meet at the Ranger Kiosk.

Forest News

Remembering Tanya

Remembering Tanya

Last spring, the Bench Crew for the Advocates installed a redwood bench dedicated to Tanya Larson, a beloved Advocates’ board member who died in January 2014.  The back rest is inscribed with, “Peaceful Easy Feeling.”  The bench can be found along the Aptos Rancho Trail.

Read this post about last spring’s bench installation.

Flower of the Week

Flower of the Week

The flowers are coming!  Some are blooming now!  The first of the small white clover looking Redwood Sorrel and gorgeous blue-purple Hounds Tongue are in bloom in Nisene Marks.  Look on the Westridge trail for the first blooms.  Along Terrace, Oak Grove Loop, Buggy and other trails there are leaves and blooms in the making soon to burst out.    Hike, bike, run and enjoy!



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