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Pinto Lake County Park Loop

Watsonville, California

2.64 mi / 167 ft gain

Camp at Sunset State Beach

Watsonville, California

4.5

Manresa Beach Trail

La Selva Beach, California

4.01 mi / 118 ft gain

Camp at Manresa Beach

Watsonville, California

4.7

South Marsh Loop Trail

Corralitos, California

3.72 mi / 243 ft gain

Kayak in Elkhorn Slough

Moss Landing, California

4.7

Rio Del Mar Trail

Aptos, California

6 mi / 639 ft gain

Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing

Moss Landing, California

4.06 mi / 79 ft gain

Kayak with Humpback Whales in Monterey Bay

Moss Landing, California

5.0

Places to stay

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

Moss Landing KOA Express

Moss Landing, California

Moss Landing KOA Express

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Prunedale, California

Salinas / Monterey KOA

Artemis

Santa Cruz, California

Artemis

From $100 / night

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

Pacific Grove, California

Asilomar Hotel and Conference Grounds

From $176 / night

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

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

A Perfect Coastal Escape for the Holidays

Sara Sheehy

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