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Hiking the Santa Cruz Mountains

Soft adventure in a quiet destination.

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Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 30 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  Located about a 45-minute drive north of the coastal city of Santa Cruz, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California’s oldest, and... more »

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Although the 12-mile trail takes about six hours, moderate hikers can easily handle it (pick up a map at the ranger station before starting out).

21600 Big Basin Hwy.,
Big Basin Redwoods State Park,
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

(831) 338-8860

On the way into the park, stop at the Old Mountain Inn in Boulder Creek for breakfast.

Old Mountain Inn
13132 Hwy. 9,
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

(831) 338-2211

3. New Leaf Community Market

Stock up on house-made sausages and organic greens to bring with you on the hike.

13159 Hwy. 9,
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

(831) 338-7211

At the end of the day, backtrack 13 miles to the spiffy San Jose-foothills suburb of Saratoga and the upscale 46-room inn. It’s a bit businessy and sedate, but the beds are big and comfortable.

20645 4th St.,
Saratoga, CA 95070

(408) 867-5020