photo by Julie Seelen
You can enjoy San Vicente Redwoods’ first Vista Point with an easy 1.5 mile to 2 mile hike! From the parking lot, head left on the mâ-rŭs, Panther Trail, for 0.5 miles to the Vista Point. After you have taken in the view, head left on the hai-mĭn’, Lizard Trail, which meets with mâ-rŭs at the Vista. Hai-mĭn’ winds through the rebounding landscape as fire-adapted plants eagerly take advantage of the space and sunlight made available by the fire. Hai-mĭn’ meets with other trails, rŭm-me’, and forks off, back toward Vista Point as well as an alternate return route, along the way but keep left for the full hike. When you meet back up with mâ-rŭs, keep left to return to the parking lot.
You can view the trail map here.
photo by Amanda Krauss
Plan Your Hike
Address: San Vicente Redwoods, 12001 Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Registration: Registration is required for a free, permanent pass so that pass holders can be notified of closures due to fire danger, weather, and management activities. You can register for your free pass here and can bring the confirmation email to visit before you receive our pass.
Directions: click here for Google maps directions
- Bike Trails
- Hiking Trails
- Horseback Riding
- Dog Trails (on leash)
- Nature & Wildlife Viewing
- Picnic Area
- Parking Lot with 72 spaces—first come, first serve
Throughout the year, Sempervirens Fund holds a variety of volunteer events, including invasive species removal, trail clean ups, and more! Check out our Volunteer Page for more information.
More to Explore
- Read more about San Vicente Redwoods
- Visit the official San Vicente Redwoods trails page
- Find more redwood activities
- Find Volunteer opportunities at parks