Tag Archives: Santa Cruz Mountains

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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Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve: Bald Mountain and Mt Umunhum Area

The Bald Mountain staging area in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve opened relatively recently, in 2014, and facilitates trail exploration near Mt Umunhum. This hike was a first-time visit to the area and featured spectacular views and a nice variety … Continue reading

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John Nicholas Trail, Sanborn County Park

Recently a new trail in Sanborn County Park was dedicated as a new section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Sanborn Park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga and Los Gatos in Santa Clara County. The John … Continue reading

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Sanborn County Park: Sanborn and Skyline Trails to Skyline Blvd

Sanborn County Park is in the Santa Cruz Mountains along Castle Rock Ridge, above the village of Saratoga. The main entrance is a mere 3 miles from downtown Saratoga, yet the park has a wonderful remote feel, rising 1500 feet … Continue reading

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Skyline Ridge and Russian Ridge Open Space Preserves Revisited

This hike turned out to be a multi-day return trip to the Bay Area Ridge Trail segment that runs from the main entrance of Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve through the length of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve to Rapley … Continue reading

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