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Top Spots

New Brighton Beach Trail

Capitola, California

0.85 mi / 112 ft gain

Camp at New Brighton Campground

Capitola, California

/ 0 ft gain

Surf the Hook

Santa Cruz, California

4.0

Hike the Land of Medicine Buddha Loop

Soquel, California

4.5
5.74 mi / 915 ft gain

Eight Verse Trail Loop

Soquel, California

1.24 mi / 167 ft gain

Moran Lake Trail to Pleasure Point

Santa Cruz, California

2.7 mi / 151 ft gain

Three Mile Trail Loop

Soquel, California

1.59 mi / 279 ft gain

Pleasure Point

Santa Cruz, California

0.16 mi / 33 ft gain

Terrace Trail to Aptos Ranch Trail

Aptos, California

5.05 mi / 837 ft gain

Places to stay

Artemis

Santa Cruz, California

Artemis

From $100 / night

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

La Selva Beach, California

Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay KOA Holiday

Creekside Paradise

Watsonville, California

Creekside Paradise

From $185 / night

Sunrise Point

Los Gatos, California

Sunrise Point

From $125 / night

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

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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