Best forest trails in Santa Cruz, California

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Explore the most popular forest 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.
Map of forest trails in Santa Cruz, California
Top trails (42)
#1 - Fern Trail, Spring Trail and Lookout Trail Loop
Pogonip Open Space Preserve
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Note: 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 Brayshaw Trail to connect back to Spring trail. Enjoy the wonder of the Pogonip open Space Preserve. This scenic loop offers a connection between Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Pogonip, and the upper UCSC campus.Show more
#2 - Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus, Wilder Ridge Loop
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
#3 - Englesman Loop Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#4 - Emma McCrary Trail to U-Con Trail
Pogonip Open Space Preserve
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
#5 - Enchanted Loop Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
#6 - Old Cabin and Twin Oaks Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
#7 - Big Rock Hole, Redwood Grove, Ox Trail Path Loop
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h
This trail features a giant swimming hole for hot days. Hike under alders, cottonwoods, and big leaf maple to arrive at this oasis on the San Lorenzo River From the Hillbilly entrance climb down and cross the San Lorenzo River. Then The trail meander up throughShow more
#8 - Lookout Loop Trail
Pogonip Open Space Preserve
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Explore the wonders of Pogonip Park on these multi use trails. Keep a mindful eye out for bikers, and enjoy the beautiful scenery Trail start at the end of Golf Club Dr.Show more
#9 - Upper Delaveaga Loop
De Laveaga Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 47 m
#10 - Pine Trail
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
This hiking and horse only trail is a great loop for kids and adults that offers view from the summit at 805'.Show more
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