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Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Closed)

Adventure | Boulder Creek

Wilder Ranch State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz

Roaring Camp Railroads

Adventure | Felton

Mount Madonna County Park

Adventure | Watsonville

Castle Rock State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz Mountains

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Adventure | Aptos

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Spring Break in the Santa Cruz Mountains

03 | 02 | 2020

While most people will be ditching their books and heading to the beach for spring break, there are those of us who prefer a canopy of trees to the sound of the waves, and would rather hike to the top of a mountain instead of lounging in the sun.  If you are more of a...

Hiking the Skyline Ridge Preserve

01 | 11 | 2020

The Santa Cruz Mountains, and the surrounding areas, contain hundreds of miles of trails. To explore them all would take a lifetime of hiking, if not many lifetimes. The Skyline Ridge Preserve is one of the many Nature Preserves in the Santa Cruz Mountains that is well worth a visit on your next weekend away. ...

Winter Hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains

11 | 15 | 2019

The Santa Cruz Mountains in winter are a mystical thing to behold. The redwood forests are dense and lush. Moss covers the surface of every tree, the cold mountain air sits densely in every canyon, making your breath fog up even in the middle of the day. Noises are softer when the undergrowth comes in...

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Guide To Goat Rock

Billed as the gateway of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park earns that title in spectacular fashion. A great staging ground for a number of adventures, from bouldering to rock climbing, day hiking to backpacking, and even birding. The crown jewel, Goat Rock, is a limestone formation that is typical of the park’s geology...

Portola Redwoods State Park

Coming into Portola Redwoods State Park is akin to entering Doyle’s Lost World. Winding down a seemingly-forgotten road, watching as the ferns and huckleberries grow taller, the human population drops conspicuously. Cell service vanishes entirely, and it’s hard not to be overtaken by a growing sense of adventure and wonder. Named for the explorer Gaspar...

Big Basin Redwoods State Park (Closed)

Big Basin Redwoods State Park has been closed indefinitely due to fire. In 1902, the early environmental movement saw one of its crowning moments come to glorious fruition with the formation of the California Redwood Park. The park, later renamed Big Basin Redwoods State Park, would prove to be the first unit in what would...

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Portola Redwoods State Park

Adventure | La Honda

Quail Hollow Ranch County Park

Adventure | Felton

Roaring Camp Railroads

Adventure | Felton

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside

Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Los Gatos

Skyline Ridge Preserve

Adventure | La Honda

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park

Adventure | Aptos

Wilder Ranch State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside