Explore the most popular surfing 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.

love the view, is very relaxing

walking
1 month ago

One the most beautiful area to walk, run or bike.

2 months ago

I grew up in this area and I feel shocked by how beautiful it is Everytime I walk this trail

on West Cliff Drive

2 months ago

Somewhat crowded, beautiful none the less.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

This isn't much of a hike on its own, but it's a great way to end a hike at Wilder. After doing the Enchanted Loop, I headed down to 4 Mile Beach via this trail. The beach is a great place to relax after a long hike.

trail running
3 months ago

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

walking
5 months ago

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

on West Cliff Drive

7 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.

walking
11 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.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Easy path with some incredible views!

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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
Thursday, June 29, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Stunning views and easy, flat walk.

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, 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.

walking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Great beach and a little walk to get there...

walking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Use to vacation in the area with the family and walk and ride bikes with the kids on the trail... The kids enjoyed feeding the squirrels. Watch out for the ones without tails

walking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Beautiful walk on a weekend with gorgeous views along with a few hundred people especially if you start it at the pier.

Monday, July 18, 2016

So fortunate to live within a few blocks of West Cliff. A beautiful place to walk, jog, run or bike ride. Not a trail more of a scenic spot surrounded by homes!

walking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Nice walk!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Beautiful walk along the beach! Not a hiking trip more of walking and enjoying the ocean view

walking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I grew up on Pleasure Point. One of the best places to watch surfers, to surf, or walk along the cliff on a nice day

Saturday, February 20, 2016

This is basically a sidewalk along a street. Not a hike

hiking
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Beautiful coast trail

on West Cliff Drive

walking
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A little crowded at lunchtime, but still worth it for the amazing views.

scenic driving
Saturday, March 14, 2015

A nice drive or walk along the ocean. We walked to the lighthouse and saw some sessions. Easy and peaceful.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Simply beautiful!!! Took many people's advice and started my hike super early... Around 9am to beat the crowds.

scenic driving
Thursday, April 03, 2014

We drove this after spending the night in Santa Cruz. Very pretty. Stopped and watched surfers near the surfers museum.

on West Cliff Drive

hiking
Friday, August 03, 2012

So very pretty. Very crowded but worth it for the views

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