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West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz

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Two miles of wheelchair accessable coastline. Walking, cycling, skating, beach.
Near:Santa Cruz, CA
Distance:4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:25 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:Fire road/pavement
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Two miles of wheelchair accessable "mixed use bicycle path" along the scenic Santa Cruz Coast. Path covers visual and physical access to: Surfing, cycling, skating, walking, tidepools, beach, kite flying, fishing, frisbee, sponge and skim boarding, dogs playing on beach and open fields, sea otters, seals, whales and dolphins and monarch butterflies in season, pelicans, cormorants, seagulls and shorebirds, crabs, sea anenomes, lighthouse, and all ages of people out enjoying themselves. Within walking distance of one end is the Boardwalk and municipal pier, the other end has Natural Bridges state park. Moderate temperature in summer. Bring your camera, binoculars, and whole family including your dog (leash required on path but not on Lighthouse beach). Probably one of the most densely packed nature walks and recreation area in Santa Cruz.
Trailhead: From Highway one or Highway 17 proceed on highway one north towards Mission street. Stay in left lane and proceed thru stoplight onto Chestnut street. Take Chestnut to Laurel, left at the light. Turn right on Pacific street. Proceed past stop sign, uphill. Drive about 1/2 mile on West Cliff Drive and find some free parking near the lighthouse. You can park anywhere and have a good walk. I prefer to park near the restrooms after a long drive. (Lat:36.952 Lon:-122.026)
Trail Guides for West Cliff Drive Santa Cruz:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Not applicable.
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jack Kellythorne, who has posted  1 other hike on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by Char on 2/10/2008
I brought my college girlfriends - 1st time hikers - with me. They were expecting more terrain, so we took West Cliff Dr. into the Natural Bridges Park. There was a 0.8mile hike there. That was a nice change from the street.

Reviewed by dave on 10/9/2006
I love this place, notice the bumper stickers on the locals cars: 'keep santa cruz weird' and weird it is. It can also be quite hostile if you decide to surf Steamer Lane. I suggest surfing Cowell's for beginners. For people just enjoying the scenery, it's a gem! I suggest this hike when there are good waves (fall and winter) as the site at steamer lane on a 10 foot day is amazing. Some of the best surfers in the world are on stage on the west coast's arguably best surf spot. enjoy!

Reviewed by Veronica on 3/16/2004
I really love this space. It is wonderful for bringing people visiting SC. Go there as often as possible

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