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2008; 40 ft. contours
scale 1:29,000
28" X 36", Folded 4" x 8.5"
ISBN 0-9649143-5-3.
Paper: $7.95

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Trails of Santa Cruz is the first detailed map of parks and trails surrounding the Bay Area's most scenic beach community.

I set out to map the big parks near Felton and Aptos -- Henry Cowell Redwoods, Fall Creek Redwoods, and Forest of Nisene Marks. Great big parks with steep canyons of second-growth redwoods, dusty ridges cloaked in bay laurel, and creeks lined with sorrel, traversed by trails following old haul roads and logging railroads deep into the woods. I think I was trying to show the connections between Henry Cowell Redwoods, UC Santa Cruz (which is, they tell me, not a park, but is still a great place to wander about), and Pogonip. It didn't take long to figure out that UCSC is connected to half a dozen other parks and neighborhoods by the Santa Cruz Circle Trail, which in turn shares part of its route with the California Coastal Trail which goes west past Wilder Ranch and east past Capitola. As far as trails go (not to mention ecologically and historically) everything is connected.

There is a lot here. Beaches and tide pools; vistas across Monterey Bay from the coastal terraces, the old ranch buildings of Wilder Ranch State Park, Victorian cottages in Santa Cruz; surfers at Steamer's Lane, students on Pacific Street, breakfast out on the pier, birdwatching at Neary's Lagoon, and strolling the Boardwalk (whether lit up at night or shuttered for the off-season).

Most of the above fits on the map; all that you see and more is yours to discover.

sc mapupThumbnail view of the 2008 2nd edition map.

Updated 11/27/10