The Best Cycling in Santa Cruz

Looking for the best cycling in Santa Cruz? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Santa Cruz. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top cycling spots in and near Santa Cruz

  • Santa Cruz County, California

    Camp at Henry Cowell Redwoods Campground

    4.7
    / 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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  • Capitola, California

    Camp at New Brighton Campground

    / 0 ft gain
    This Capitola camping spot is the place to be if you're looking to do a variety of activities in a variety of landscapes. You can swim, fish, or explore the nearby forest of Monterey Pine and coastal Oak. In the evening, walk into Capitola for live music and great fish tacos.  The S.S. Palo Alto,...
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  • Boulder Creek, California

    Camp at Sempervirens in Big Basin Redwoods

    / 993 ft gain
    Amidst the giant redwoods, Sempervirens is a breath of fresh air from the every busy Silicon Valley. Make sure to arrive in time to explore Sempervirens Creek. The wooded trails are perfect for running or hiking. Each campground comes with a picnic table and a fire ring, perfect for enjoying camp...
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  • San Jose, California

    Hike the New Almaden Trail

    14.1 mi / 2555 ft gain
    Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on leash! This route is used by trail runners, mountain bikers, birding expeditions, and nature trips. The trail also happens to be a popular geocaching location.  The trail offers shade, but bring water and sun protection regardless. 
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  • Pacific Grove, California

    Bike at Asilomar State Beach

    At Asilomar State Beach, adventure is accessible in many forms. I had the opportunity to rent a bike from Adventures by the Sea. Rentals start at $25, and while you are not permitted to ride along the boardwalk that leads you to the beach, you may walk your bike through the exquisite sand dunes A...
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  • Sand City, California

    Bikepack Highway 1: Monterey to San Luis Obispo

    130 mi / 9000 ft gain
    Please be aware that this is NOT a route for beginning cyclist. It is a very hilly route and you will be sharing the road with cars for the entire route, the shoulder is sometimes very slim. This should not scare you from doing the trip, just be aware of the risks and dangers you might be facing....
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  • San Jose, California

    Hike to Boccardo Trail via North Rim Trail

    3.0
    8.2 mi / 1650 ft gain
    Alum Rock Park is accessible from anywhere in Silicon Valley. This trail takes you through the park to the backcountry. The first part of the hike is rather steep as it climbs the hills in Southeast San Jose, and then descends to a section of the park that has bathrooms and water. You finish the ...
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  • San Jose, California

    Hike the Penetecia Creek Trail

    3.5
    3.6 mi / 301 ft gain
    The trail is accessible year round and features a creek and a lake. The trail offers ample shade as it meanders along a creek. There are benches placed along the trail in perfect locations for a snack and some water. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in this park. 
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  • Fremont, California

    Walk or Bike around Lake Elizabeth

    3.0
    2.1 mi / 9 ft gain
    Lake Elizabeth is located in central Fremont.  It offers a nice break from the city streets and can be enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and bikers alike.  It is a park for all ages.   Other attractions include volleyball nets, multiple playgrounds, and aqua adventure park, geese, and peddle boats. Ba...
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  • San Mateo County, California

    Run Sawyer Camp Trail

    5.0
    12 mi / 300 ft gain
    The Sawyer Camp Trail is a popular paved trail that stretches alongside the Crystal Springs Reservoir all the way to Hillcrest Blvd. The sixth mile crosses over the San Andreas Dam with nice views of San Andreas Lake.There are markers every half mile which makes timing and tracking your run easy....
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