Explore the most popular hiking trails in Pogonip Open Space Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail run or run/walk. 650-700ft elevation gain over just under 5 miles keeps it interesting but not too strenous. Some steep climbs that had me winded but mostly rolling ups and downs, on a well maintained trail. trail travels through man different ecosystems/microclimates from golden grassy fields, to oak forest, redwood, and riparian.

Easy access from Harvey West if you are coming from the Eastside.

Great trail. Lots of tree coverage. Good amount of bikers.

Very nice hike.
Not too heavily trafficked.

Beautiful just after the rain! Make sure to check the map to follow the right trails; signs can be a bit unclear

I like this place a lot for what it is. Obviously is and feels heavily trodden, has a lot of human history, but it’s a great green space to escape to in the heart of town, and it is undeniably beautiful with it’s mix of riparian habitats, open prairie, coastal chaparral, and second growth coastal redwood. As SC has a heavy mtn biking culture, every trail has specific designations for whether it can be utilized by bikers, hikers, dog walkers, and equestrians. Lookout Trail is NOT dog friendly, and if you are doing this loop as it is done in the title with a pooch, you will have to turn north on the western edge of the large prairie after Fern Trail onto BrayshawTrail to connect back to Spring trail. At the risk of a $70 ticket, and staying on trails which forbade bikers, I let my well-behaved dog off leash for the whole loop. I parked on Golf Club Dr., picked up a map, and took Lower Meadow Trail to the club house; then Brayshaw up to Spring Trail. You can also cut through the prairie for a wonderful open feeling. My dog had a friendly off leash encounter with a confident coyote on the way back at sunset in the middle of the big prairie; this was fun and exciting for the both of us, but dog owners/parents of young children beware, there is a large, active, and fearless coyote population here.

11 months ago

Free parking and lots of poison oak. But beautiful trail

11 months ago

It was an interesting hike, but we were hoping for more dramatic views of the city. At one point we were able to see all the way across the bay to Monerrey. We had no trouble finding the trail head from this track but when we returned, we followed the Harvey West trail to the park, which was closer to where we parked anyway.

Great balance of forest, field and view of Santa Cruz.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

While my daughter was at dance class at the Tannery my friend and I did this loop. We had two hours to kill and we had more than enough time to do it. Lots of beautiful vistas and varying landscapes. Nicely marked trails too.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The trailhead they list here is tricky to find. It's behind a building on DuBois and up the hill. To get to it, drive to the end of Encinal (across DuBois), which is a culdesac next to a children's school. The trail starts at the rear corner of the parking lot adjacent to the culdesac, then goes straight up the hill towards the trees. The other option is to start at the trail in Harvey West Park and try to find your way. The route to Lookout Loop isn't marked, but just head north and you'll run into it. Good luck!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This is a great hike. The start as described on the site was hard to find so we started in Harvey West Park. The trails are well marked. The terrain is diverse and interesting.

This is not o mountain bike trail. There is a $208.00 fine. So we ride the mtb trail .

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I went with my daughter to ride this trail and the trail head says no bikes! We tried going along the Emma McCrary Trail which was open to bikes but it was a bit advanced for her so we turned around :(

so beautiful!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Starting in Harvey West park. IA few homeless people camping out in the lower Hills as you head up. Chaperel, meadow and redwoods. Loop including Spring meadow was an hour and a half at a lazy walk pace.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice climb and then some city views. Easy.

Awesome hike but watch out for ticks. Lots of tall grass.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Perfect for an easy, fun walk with the dog after work.

Redwood Forests, hills, meadows, streams, wildlife, Historic buildings and close to town. There is much to see in less than 2miles. There were several joggers, for good reason.
On the other side there's not much parking.

I hike in through Golf Club Rd. write off River st. Into wide open meadows with horses grazing; follow the trail on up into the Redwoods to the Gold Fish Pond just below UCSC!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I pooped myself :(

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Too easy, lots of ticks. Never many people there, though.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Nice trail - probably more of a runner's than a hiker's layout though.

this is the small loop at the entrance of the park. nice easy hike although I like Lookout Loop a lot more.

A pleasant, easy hike with a variety of views . Trails are well marked and there several options. Beware of ticks & poison oak in summer though.

Friday, March 09, 2012

I was confused when first took this trek because i could not find a trail marked Lookout Loop. So i decided to make a loop of the park using Lookout Trail. I did this by using several trails in the park Pogonip, Lookout, Spring,Fern and then the Bradshaw Trails.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Lookout Loop Trail and the trails around it have a little bit of everything. Streams, cliffs, redwoods, prairies and some moderate hiking parts. There are two bike racks at the trail head (near Golf Club Dr), but bikes are not allowed on the trail. There are a couple trails that allowed dogs, but Lookout Loop did not.

19 days ago

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