Category Archives: Santa Cruz County

Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve

Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve is a small (552 acres, a bit under 1 square mile) reserve managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in Santa Cruz County, in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The reserve protects one of only … Continue reading

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Portola Redwoods State Park: Peters Creek Loop

I often feel blessed to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, with its numerous parks and open spaces that have been set aside to protect land and habitat for both people and wildlife. One of the unique and, to … Continue reading

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Ridge Trail Cruz 27-mile hike

This was quite literally an all-day hike, mostly on a long contiguous section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail on the San Francisco Peninsula. It was a supported fund-raiser hike for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, whose mission is … Continue reading

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Edge to Edge part 8: Skyline to the Sea Trail from Big Basin Park HQ to Waddell Beach

This hike, along Skyline to the Sea Trail from Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters to Waddell Beach, is basically Day 3 of a popular 3-day through hike from Saratoga Gap to Waddell Beach on the Pacific Ocean. It is … Continue reading

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Edge to Edge part 7: Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail from Waterman Gap to Big Basin Park HQ

This hike, along Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail from Waterman Gap to Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters, is basically Day 2 of a popular 3-day through hike from Saratoga Gap to Waddell Beach on the Pacific Ocean. It is also the 7th segment of an … Continue reading

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Edge to Edge part 6: Saratoga Toll Road and Skyline-to-the-Sea Trails to Waterman Gap

This hike was a continuation of a multi-segment hike from the edge of San Francisco Bay to the edge of the Pacific Ocean with a group of ice skating friends. We decided to call our adventure Edge to Edge.  This … Continue reading

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Edge to Edge part 5: Grizzly Flat to Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

Almost exactly a year ago a group of ice skating friends started a multi-segment hike from the edge of San Francisco Bay to the edge of the Pacific Ocean.  We decided to call our adventure Edge to Edge.  Last year … Continue reading

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