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    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

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

Forest News

Seasonal Highlights

Seasonal Highlights

Fall is a glorious time to be in the park.  Among the Redwood, Madrone, Bay, and Oak are the Big-Leaved Maple trees whose leaves turn a beautiful yellow before dropping to the forest floor. Don’t miss a trip up the Fire Road along Aptos Creek where these contrasting colors delight the eyes, and the smells of fall entice the senses.  Another highlight is the foliage dropping into the creek water, and the ferns, which sometimes change color as well.  Plan your trip, as the colors won’t last much longer.  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