photo by Shih Wayland.
For great views that let you explore some of the unique and diverse habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains without ever leaving the trail, check out our curated hikes on AllTrails. In partnership with AllTrails, these maps feature destinations that provide a view, while encouraging you to enjoy and discover what you find from a distance, to protect habitats. To learn about some of the wildflowers and rare plants you might see, read our Wildflowers After Wildfire: A Guide to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
NOTE: Due to both COVID-19 restrictions and the recovery efforts from the 2020 wildfires, many parks may be closed or access may be limited. Whenever possible, consider how you can recreate responsibly and always check park websites for the latest information on available amenities, access, or closures.
Outdoor Adventure Awaits
For many, the first time they laid eyes on a redwood tree was here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Here are some of our favorite places to visit. Enjoy!
Help Parks Grow!
Sempervirens Fund plays a critical role in establishing and expanding public parks. Founded in 1900 to help protect redwoods from logging and create Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Sempervirens Fund has since protected more than 90 percent of the park’s 18,000 acres since it was established. Sempervirens Fund has also bought and protected the land for three other redwood parks in the Santa Cruz Mountains: Castle Rock State Park, Butano State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park.
With the critical support of donors, we are managing two dozen redwood-forested properties we are actively working to add to the region’s parks. We led the effort for Cotoni-Coast Dairies to become a national monument in 2017. And, our cutting-edge collaboration with POST, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, and Save the Redwoods League, is bringing a public park to life at San Vicente Redwoods.
You can help protect redwoods and expand public parks today.