Powder Mill Fire Road Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length1.5 miElevation gain285 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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This hike and horse trail only embarks from the southeast corner of the park and switchbacks down to the San Lorenzo River.

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Paula Faria-Gomez
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William Muir
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cross country and cyclocross proper...

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Jason Mapanao
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nice and easy

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Amy Ng
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Hiking

Lots of path options. Nice short doable trail for adults

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Tania Leung
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Hiking

Archery trail road is all steep uphill and dusty while chinquapin is great shaded downhill inside the redwoods

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WeiJing Gu
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Hiking

Good trial. Great for family and all. Half shaded.

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Jennifer S
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HikingMuddy

I wouldn’t characterize this hike as “easy” as the app says. The elevation is quite steep many parts and the trail gets wet, narrow and slippery in parts. That being said, it is beautiful. And using the map on this app was key as there were parts we wouldn’t know which was to go without it. Just be prepared for these things...and wear waterproof shoes

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Tina Noyes
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The creek is a great place for young kids to play, but the slope heading up from it is very steep. We had to carry our 2 year old in a SSC. The underbrush is very overgrown this time of year (July) and lots of poison oak to look out for. The “shortcut” across this loop is extremely overgrown and steep slippery sections. I wouldn’t really recommend it for young children. Without the app and an active data connection, we would not have found our way as the trail markings are terrible!

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Daniel Wasserman
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Mary Bergman
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Molly Zhang
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Michelle Furlanic
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Christine Furlanic
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Mary Bergman
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Michelle Furlanic
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Jeremy Silver
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Daniel Mitchell
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Meagan Lenz
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Maryann Tam
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Christian Martinez
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Kiana Beam
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George Marro
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Venugopal Vasudevan
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Matthew Babb
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Matthew Hanlon
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Stephen Williams
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Josh Dunne
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Nicole Erlich
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bob zimering
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Tom Harrington
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