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  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

    Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, is a great spot for outdoor activities and attractions. From the scenic Point Lobos State Natural Reserve to the diverse hiking trails of the Garland Ranch Regional Park, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Point Lobos is a must-visit for its stunning coastal views, while the trails of Garland Ranch offer a variety of terrain for hikers of all levels. Visitors can also explore the 17-Mile Drive, a scenic drive along the Monterey Peninsula, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the top aquariums in the world. With so many top attractions, Carmel-by-the-Sea is the perfect destination.

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    • Big Sur, California

      Ewoldsen Trail (Closed)

      4.5
      4.2 mi / 1500 ft gain
      This trail is temporarily closed. For updates, please head to Parks.CA.Gov. The Ewoldsen Trail is one of the more accessible yet challenging hikes in Big Sur. It is a stunning hike through the redwood forest up the mountains of Big Sur to a gorgeous overlook of the Pacific. It is a beautiful ~4...
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    • Big Sur, California

      Waters Ridge Trail (Closed)

      5.0
      7.13 mi / 2776 ft gain
      This trail is temporarily closed. For updates, please head to Parks.CA.Gov. Situated on a cliff above Highway 1, the Waters Ridge Trail offers spectacular views of the rugged coast and soaring condors. This hike above the clouds is a small detour off of the Ewaldson Trail, and is a must see! Ac...
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    • Big Sur, California

      McWay Falls

      4.6
      McWay Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in BIg Sur and can be seen from Highway 1. The trail to the falls is located in Julia Pfeiffer. For all of you history buffs, Mcway Falls is named after Christopher McWay, an early settler and farmer from New York who ventured west in the late 1800...
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    • Soquel, California

      Land of Medicine Buddha Loop

      4.5
      5.74 mi / 915 ft gain
      Near the retreat, there is a short trail called "Eight Verses Pilgrimage Trail" providing people with the opportunity to meditate on thought transformation in a peaceful and picturesque outdoor setting. From there, a beautiful 6 mile loop will take you up to the top of the ridge and then back aro...
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    • Soledad, California

      Explore Dreamy Wrath Wines Vineyards

      Just a short drive from some of the best trails and rock climbing at Pinnacles National Park, Wrath Wines' Soledad winery is a great way to wine'd down after a day of adventure.  What makes this grape growing region unique is the constant marine layer fog and wind stress out the grapes (that’s a ...
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    • Santa Cruz, California

      Hike the Rincon Fire Trail

      5.0
      1 mi / 300 ft gain
      The Rincon Fire Trail Starts at a small dirt parking lot next to CA-9 and traverses down the mountain to the San Lorenzo River Connecting with the Pipeline Trail. The trail can be a simple one of a mile out and back or up to 5 miles depending on your preference. The elevation will change by about...
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    • Greenfield, California

      Marble Peak Bridge via Arroyo Seco Campground

      4.6
      5.46 mi / 1506 ft gain
      This off-the-beaten-trail adventure has a little bit of everything for everyone and is as challenging as you make it. Many just make it about a mile down to the river for a leisurely day of relaxing, swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a few cold beverages. Others embark on a 5+ mile adventure up ...
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    • Santa Cruz, California

      Explore Panther Beach

      4.5
      Panther Beach's white sand, clear water, and interesting rock formations make it one of the most stunning beaches along this stretch of CA1. But this is a hidden gem for a reason - there are no signs along CA1 for Panther Beach. You need to keep you eyes peeled for cars parked along the side of t...
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    • Santa Cruz, California

      Photographing the Sunset at Panther Beach

      5.0
      Probably my favorite beach in the Santa Cruz area. Panther Beach lies just south of Davenport along the beautiful Hwy 1. Park at a large dirt pull out on the left hand side if your heading north from Santa Cruz. The trail down to the beach is steep and not that well maintained so watch your step....
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    • Santa Cruz County, California

      Camp at Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground

      4.8
      / 665 ft gain
      Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a great weekend option for Bay Area residents. With approximately 30 miles of hiking trails, the incredible Garden of Eden swimming hole, and proximity to Santa Cruz - this campground is not to be missed! On sunny days, view...
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    • Davenport, California

      Beach Picnic at Shark Fin Cove

      4.3
      Shark Fin Cove is a large rock formation in an inlet off Highway 1 in Northern California. It is located 1 mile south of Davenport and 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. There is a sizable parking lot located on the side of Highway 1 to park in. Walk down the path left of the parking lot and cross the...
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    • Felton, California

      Observation Deck Loop in Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

      4.3
      5.3 mi / 869 ft gain
      The trail starts at the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Visitors Center. Grab a map in the center, as your hike has you turning onto a few different trails to get to the observation deck.  Starting at the Redwood Grove Loop Trail, follow the trail until it connects with the Pipeline Road Trail ...
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    • Felton, California

      Redwood Grove Loop

      4.0
      0.93 mi / 144 ft gain
      Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located just a few miles north of the city of Santa Cruz, along Highway 9. The park is home to an array of hiking and biking trails, but the crown jewel of the park is the Redwood Grove Loop Trail, which is only a 1/4 mile in from the park's entrance. Many peo...
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    • Felton, California

      Tree Climb Mount Hermon

      5.0
      Climbing an aerial obstacle course through the redwoods of Mount Hermon is a great way to experience the thrill of climbing and being in the trees.  See what it's like to scurry through the trees like a squirrel.  This unique vantage point offers amazing views of the redwoods. There are many aeri...
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    • Felton, California

      Limestone Kilns and Big Ben Redwood Loop

      5.0
      8.37 mi / 1598 ft gain
      Henry Cowell Redwood State Park is a super easy destination to get to from Santa Cruz, but the seclusion of the Fall Creek Unit makes this a big bang for buck hike. This hike will take you to Big Ben, a medium sized old growth Redwood, and the abandoned Henry Cowell Lime and Cement Company Kilns ...
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    • Felton, California

      Hike Fall Creek at Henry Cowell SP

      5.0
      9.7 mi / 2191 ft gain
      This quiet 10 mile hike features a winding creek and tall redwoods throughout the trail.  The parking at the Fall Creek Trailhead is limited, so it is best to get there before 10am.  There are redwoods very close to the trail and a good portion is alongside the creek.  Most of the trail is dirt, ...
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