DISTANCE
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
10 months ago

This is my favorite place to hike in Santa Cruz. There are a lot of trails, but the best is taking Baldwin Trail to the Enchanted Loop (a fairy tail-esque forest). On the way back down you'll get breathtaking views of the sparkling Pacific. It's about 5.4 miles round trip and there's an option to take a steeper trail up to Enchanted Loop, so you get a good workout. The only downside is that the trails are not well marked and you can turn a 2 hour hike into a 4 hour hike if you're not careful.