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Stargaze at Lick Observatory

Mount Hamilton, California

4.0

Antler Point from Twin Gates

Mount Hamilton, California

9.97 mi / 1129 ft gain

Bonhoff Trail to Manzanita Trail

Mount Hamilton, California

5.15 mi / 797 ft gain

Avenue of the Noble Giants

San Jose, California

10.9 mi / 1716 ft gain

Yerba Buena Trail to Low Huecos Trail Loop

San Jose, California

5.91 mi / 1132 ft gain

Halls Valley to Washburn Loop

San Jose, California

8.9 mi / 1785 ft gain

Perimeter Loop Hike

San Jose, California

24.34 mi / 4065 ft gain

Dutch Flat and Dairy Trails

Mount Hamilton, California

5.24 mi / 702 ft gain

Montgomery Hill

San Jose, California

1.61 mi / 180 ft gain

Places to stay

Sunrise Point

Los Gatos, California

Sunrise Point

From $125 / night

Creekside Paradise

Watsonville, California

Creekside Paradise

From $185 / night

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

La Selva Beach, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Artemis

Santa Cruz, California

Artemis

From $100 / night

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Guides and stories

10 Great Places To See Wildlife Near Santa Cruz

10 Great Places To See Wildlife Near Santa Cruz

Crystal Birns

4 Ways to Stay in Santa Cruz, California

4 Ways to Stay in Santa Cruz, California

Sara Sheehy

3 Ways to Fuel Your Days in Santa Cruz, California

3 Ways to Fuel Your Days in Santa Cruz, California

Sara Sheehy

The Perfect Weekend Adventure at Big Basin State Park

The Perfect Weekend Adventure at Big Basin State Park

Benjamin Canevari

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