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Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

One of Sempervirens Fund’s proudest achievements is the creation of the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, begun in 1969 and completed in 1976. The trail begins at the “skyline” crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, connects Castle Rock and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks, and ends at the Pacific Ocean at Waddell State Beach. The 31-mile trail travels through dense old-growth redwood forest, by waterfalls and creeks, and across fields of wildflowers, offering stunning views of Monterey Bay and coast redwood forests along the way.

Beloved by Bay Area hikers for its range of landscapes and for its gradual downhill slope, the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail was the joint creation of Sempervirens Fund, California State Parks, local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, and volunteers from many trail organizations. On April 15 and 16, 1969, a volunteer work force of more than 2,500 people dug the central 20-mile segment of the trail. The route was named the “Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail” and finally lived up to its name when in 1976 Sempervirens Fund purchased part of the Hoover Ranch that extended the trail to the sea at Waddell Beach.

Whether you hike just part of the trail or venture from the skyline to the sea, your time on the trail will help you understand and experience the magnificence of the coast redwood forests.

To order maps that feature the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, call (650) 949-1453.

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