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Best trails in Santa Cruz

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Looking for a great trail near Santa Cruz, California? AllTrails has 62 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Castle Rock State Park or Wilder Ranch State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like West Waddell Creek State Wilderness or Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 33 moderate trails in Santa Cruz ranging from 0.6 to 24.5 miles and from 32 to 2,004 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Santa Cruz
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#1 - Old Landing Cove Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 59 m
As of May 2020, users have reported the trailhead parking lot a temporary closure due to COVID-19. It is thus only accessible by foot or bike. Please see the park's website for up to date information:Show more
#2 - Redwoods Reborn - Fall Creek
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Length: 8.5 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
Explore the Fall Creek Unit on the Fall Creek Trail. Hike past such monuments as the Big Ben Tree and the Barrel Mill Area. The Fell Creek offers beautiful redwood forests and a chance to get away froShow more
#3 - West Cliff Drive
Lighthouse Field State Beach
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Note: Due to COVID-19 measures, the parking lots are closed. Explore over two miles of wheelchair accessable coastline. These trails are multi-use and available for walking, cycling, skating, beach. Show more
#4 - Wilder Ridge, Baldwin, Ohlone Bluff and Old Cove Landing Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
Wilder Ridge, Baldwin, Ohlone Bluff and Old Cove Landing Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as Show more
#5 - Pacific to Redwoods Loop
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 12 mi • Est. 5 h 40 m
Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19. For up to date information, please see the park page here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549 Use extreme caution around Show more
#6 - Natural Bridges to Lighthouse Field Loop
Natural Bridges State Beach
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
Please note: This beach continues to be temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19Show more
#7 - Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus, Wilder Ridge Loop
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus, Wilder Ridge Loop is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Show more
#8 - 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
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 campusShow more
#9 - Enchanted Loop Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Enchanted Loop Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#10 - Englesman Loop Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Englesman Loop Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
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