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Wilder Ranch State Park

Adventure | Santa Cruz

Butano State Park

Adventure | Pescadero

David C. Daniels Nature Center

Adventure | La Honda

Mount Hermon Adventures

Adventure | Felton

Portola Redwoods State Park

Adventure | La Honda

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside

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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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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

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 eventually evolve into the modern California State Parks system. The park continued...

Butano State Park

Butano State Park doesn’t have the enormous ancient redwoods you’ll find at other Redwood State Parks, though it’s rumored that in some secret corner, far off-trail, there hides one of the tallest specimens in these mountains. Still, it more than makes up for lack of accessible old-growth groves with its biodiversity and panoramic views. The...

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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