10 Places to hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Lance Hulsey  |  March 14, 2023

10 Places to hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Here are Sol Property Advisors' top 10 places to go hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

  1. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park: This park features a grove of old-growth redwoods, as well as hiking and biking trails.

  2. Big Basin Redwoods State Park: The oldest state park in California, this park features a variety of hiking trails, including the popular Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail.

  3. Castle Rock State Park: This park offers scenic vistas, rock climbing, and hiking trails, including the Saratoga Gap Trail.

  4. Pescadero Creek County Park: This park features a beautiful creek and a variety of hiking trails, including the Pescadero Creek Trail.

  5. Wilder Ranch State Park: This park offers a unique glimpse into California's history, with historic buildings and a working farm.

  6. The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park: This park features rugged terrain and a variety of hiking trails, including the Aptos Creek Trail.

  7. Butano State Park: This park features a diverse range of landscapes, including redwood groves and open grassland.

  8. Big Trees Trail: This trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains takes visitors through a beautiful old-growth redwood forest.

  9. The Mountain Charlie Trail: This trail offers a challenging hike with beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

  10. The Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail: This popular trail takes hikers through the Santa Cruz Mountains, from the summit of Saratoga Gap to the Pacific Ocean.


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