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Definitely less people than Pogonop, Henry Cowell, etc, and you can likely see plenty of wildlife on your walk/hike. The views are coastal so really wonderful on a clear day. We have seen evidence of mountain lion activity there, so I wouldn't hike at dawn...More
A neighbor told me about this very nice preserve on a hill overlooking the Pacific just west of the city of Santa Cruz. Enter at a set of steps opposite Shaffer St (a quarter mile or so out of town from the last traffic light...More
If you google map the intersection of shaffer road and highway 1, you will get right to the preserve. Little parking, but be creative and you can find parking. Several trails and although very dry this time of year, so many swallows swooping and hawks...More
I had a friend recommend this hike to me and boy, now I owe him bigtime!! Take the Valentine trail on your way. It's uphill and leads to the most glorious views! Then travel on to the pool for a dip (though we could not...More
I think we found the area but it's off a busy residential street that has No Parking. Not knowing where to park or if there was any other way to access the area, we gave up without being able to get out and walk around....More
Santa Cruz has a lot to offer. There's the boardwalk, and live music venues, great eateries, movie theaters, shopping - you name it. But when you're tired of being around all those people, in just a few minutes you can be out in nature, enjoying...More