Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Santa Cruz with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days 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.

trail running
1 month ago

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

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

walking
2 months ago

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

mountain biking
3 months ago

A little challenging for beginners like me but I had a blast. It really is a nice trail.

on West Cliff Drive

4 months ago

Like others have said, it's a nice relaxing walk, but not a trail - it's a mixed use sidewalk/path. It's gorgeous, though, and great for walking with a friend.

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.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little 45 min loop. Good if you’re looking for something quick, easy to navigate and free. Free parking in small lot across from golf course club house. Access upper redwood trail through gate near blue gas tank. There was a wider, flatter loop lower down that looked good for running. Not quite sure where the best way to access that would be.

hiking
6 months ago

Free parking and lots of poison oak. But beautiful trail

hiking
6 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.

walking
8 months ago

it's a fun little stroll along the ocean but i don't know if i'd call it a trail. i love it! but it's paved and next to the road.

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

trail running
8 months ago

There are three levels of trails and all of them run parallel (lower, middle, and upper). They are easy to follow, but this AllTrails map is really hard to follow because not all of the trails are marked. The trails are in pretty good condition for running. We were able to run 5 miles. The lower redwood loop is pretty. Lots of shade on all the trails. I took one star off because there were many dogs off leash. It's nerve wracking to run around a corner and be face to face with an unleashed dog. Leash your dogs!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Easy path with some incredible views!

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!

I just did the Upper Delaveaga Loop. I'd say about 70% of the trail was in Redwood forest and the rest was more of a mixed oak woodland. Park in the small parking lot that is adjacent to the golf course clubhouse (there are no signs). The trail access is on the northeast side of the parking lot through a small gate in the chainlink fence next to a blue gas tank. I only saw 2 other people the entire time I was on the trail so this is a pretty peaceful and isolated hike for being so close to town. You can hear road and highway noise throughout much of the hike but the views make up for that. You'll also need to be aware of poison oak because there is a lot of it growing along the trail and sometimes it's overgrown onto the trail. The trail is mostly level but has quite a few sections with moderate to moderately steep inclines making for a nice workout hike. The upper loop can be done in about 45 minutes which is perfect for a lunch break hike.

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Entrance at parking across of club house, a little bit difficult to find due to not sign . Good shade during sunny day . Easy to get lost if not watching sign carefully. Can hear highway noise . Good for 1 hour walk.

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

hiking
10 months ago

Close to midtown Santa Cruz and beach. It's a loop waking trail along trees where you can also see beaches. It's 30 minutes walk . Easy and light , suitable for spotaneous walk.

walking
10 months ago

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 :(

hiking
11 months ago

Stunning views and easy, flat walk.

Great little Sunday hike. We only ran into a few people on the hike. Near the top, we cut down to the creek and took the lower trail back to the beginning. Our dog loved it!

so beautiful!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Excellent for walking and bike riding. I used to run up and down this road but unfortunately it is entirely concrete which is no good.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Although DeLavega is not marked as dog friendly and doesn't come up when you use the dog friendly filter, it's is. A great dog walk. On a lovely Sunday in April we only saw a few other people. Many dogs were off leash. Everyone was friendly. There's road noise when you're near Branciforte Ave but not bad the rest of the time. The view from the Top of the World is worth it

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

First, I want to start of by saying that this is not a hiking trail. It's a walking trail at its best. It is paved the whole way with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. I didn't like that the trail was right next to a busy street where you inhale all the car emissions that you normally do when in town. So if you're wanting to go hiking and get out of the busy city and stinky cars, this not the trail for you. I only gave it a three star because the ocean views were phenomenal. It should not be labeled as a hiking trail.

hiking
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.

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