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most beautiful but sometimes too crowded and unfortunately cars

Beautiful views

This is a great biking trail for a hot summer day.
The wild flowers are beautiful attracting multicolored butterflies and hummingbirds!

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We like to hike here with the kids every New Years Day. One year we hiked through a cold rain and didn’t have the right gear but it was pretty nonetheless. The next year was clear and gorgeous. It’s a great walk in any weather.

on Coastside Trail

road biking
2 months ago

I did single track biking and I had a great time but realized that it was a very short ride. Wish it would be longer.

trail running
2 months ago

Definitely allows dogs on leash the whole way. Great low grade and very well-managed trail if you want to clock some miles and be by the ocean pretty much the whole time. Can get pretty busy later in the day.

Heavy foot traffic but a must see section of the Santa Cruz area

Love this breezy trail. Fern cove beach so beautiful!

Pretty cool views and seals!

Nice beach but lots of sand flies. used to be 3 arches, now only one remains

love the view, is very relaxing

walking
3 months ago

So beautiful. The docents are very nice and helpful. The elephant seals were fun snd we even saw whales the day we went. The trails are very well laid out. Just a joy.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful easy “hike”. Really a walk. Gorgeous secluded beaches. Entertaining sea lion colony. Well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

I go on this hike every time I'm in Santa Cruz. The views are amazing and the hike is easy. Only bummer is that it can sometimes be pretty windy.

walking
4 months ago

One the most beautiful area to walk, run or bike.

Absolutely gorgeous! If you go down to the beaches with access points from the trail make sure and check out the caves. :)

Fantastic trail, highly recommend as day getaway.

on West Cliff Drive

5 months ago

Somewhat crowded, beautiful none the less.

Amazing views! However I recommend parking on the highway because parking costs $10. Dogs aren’t allowed on the property. There are signs warning of mountain lions. We didn’t see any of them, but we saw three different mounds of feces that clearly belonged to a mountain lion.

hiking
6 months ago

5/14/2018 I’m house sitting nearby and had to take advantage of having a flat, beautiful place to skate. It was really nice, but it was crowded for a Monday, and obviously on Saturday when I came with my dog it was packed. Also, a lot of the paved walkway is rough for boards that don’t have the right wheels. The street is good though, and on a weekday there aren’t too many cars, especially up closer to Natural Bridges. There is also a beach along the way where you can let your dog off leash before 10 am and after 4 pm. You’re basically in the heart of town here, close to the west side and downtown, so it is good for families with older or younger members. Riding bikes would be fun for kids. The wharf and boardwalk are at the south end and on the north end there is the monarch butterfly preserve, Antonelli Pond and Moore Creek Preserve. Lots to do.

hiking
6 months ago

From a hiking with children standpoint this is a fantastic trail. There are several parking lots in the area and each appears to have bathroom facilities. The trails are well maintained and a mix of dirt and pavement. The nice thing here is that you are never far from beach access or any of the smaller walking trails along the bluffs. This is great when the kids want to choose their own adventure. As of this writing the fee to enter and park is $10.00.

trail running
6 months ago

peaceful, relaxing running path. great views and a few contact highs make for a nice morning run.

Really cool hike Dec-March you can’t do the whole hike unless you do the tour as it’s National season and males are aggressive. There are limited spots. I almost didn’t go but it was awesome! $7 for the tour and $10 for parking

hiking
8 months ago

FAVORITE. Surely breathtaking views! It’s an easy trail, but let’s just enjoy the views.

Amazing place. Gorgeous trail and views. If you go during Dec-March you will also enjoy views of elephant seals. Remarkable animals.
Trail is easy, with some walks on sand dunes. My 6 year old had no issues

walking
8 months ago

Easy relaxing paved path along the beach/coast for running/walking

An easy trail - well worn and wide. Mainly overlooking cliffs, but there are a few spots where you can easily descend to a beach. As far as California coastline goes, the views aren't spectacular but just okay. Seems like a nice couples or family outdoor time kind of place.

Easy hike with great access to the ocean. Could easily push a jogging stroller on this trail. Busy but not overcrowded. Limited parking on site.

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