Welcome to Santa Cruz Mountains

Heading north from Santa Cruz, it’s 7 miles to Felton where there is forest ziplining adventures and also hiking in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Also in Felton is the pioneer-era fun and spectacle of Roaring Camp Railroads. Seven miles further north on Hwy 9, stop in Boulder Creek for a bite and a cold beer.

Follow Hwy 236 northwest for a further nine twisting miles from Boulder Creek to Big Basin Redwoods State Park for excellent hiking including one trail ending at the Pacific Ocean near Waddell Beach.

Top experiences in Santa Cruz Mountains

Santa Cruz Mountains activities

$29 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Santa Cruz Redwoods Roaring Camp Steam Train Ride in Felton

Experience California’s redwoods as never before, by taking a steam train through one of the Golden State’s towering ancient forests. Be inspired by both the natural beauty of the groves and the engineering prowess of this hulking locomotive, which dates back to the 1890s. Hop aboard the train at Roaring Camp in Felton, near the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 80 miles south of San Francisco. Settle into your open-air car and hang on as you chug past hundreds of old-growth redwoods with an unobstructed view. As you make your way up to the top of Bear Mountain, you’ll cruise over trestles and glide beneath the verdant canopy. Along the way, the knowledgeable train conductor will illuminate the forest with bits of history about how it was formed and facts about the local wildlife, as well as stories about the railroad and Roaring Camp. Learn about how steam locomotives similar to the one you’ll be riding are among the oldest and best preserved narrow-gauge steam engines in America, and were once used to schlep redwood logs down from the mountains. You’ll have plenty of time to admire your surroundings on the 1-hour round trip ride. At the summit, study the architecture and visit the old-fashioned general store. Capture the moment in the vintage photo booth and peek inside the charmingly woodsy sheriff’s office. Stretch your legs and take in the majestic surroundings on a nature stroll through nearby Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Please note: Picnic tables are available at Roaring Camp for all-day rental. Inquire at the ticket office when you visit. Gates open at 9:30am, and parking closes at 5pm, unless trains are still operating.

$90 Walking & Biking Tours

Mountain Biking Clinic

This course is geared towards people who want to learn the basics on their mountain bikes. The course consists of on- and off-the-bike instruction and riding. The morning hours of the clinic will consist of outdoor classroom lesson instruction and bike handling drills. The afternoon hours of the clinic will consist of a moderate level 6-8 mile ride through the famous trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains!Specific instruction will be given on: General Bike Fit Guidelines Mounting and Dismounting Technique Body Position, Focus and Balance Pedaling techniques Gearing/Shifting Braking Techniques Climbing Technique Cornering Techniques, on uphill, downhill and switchbacks Bike Handling Drills Trail Repair, fixing a flat, and chain maintenance. Trail Etiquette and general discussion on bike “anatomy”, hydration, eating, recommended bike clothing for the micro-climates of Northern California as well as stretching and conditioning.

$400 Walking & Biking Tours

California Route 1 By E-Bike Two Day Tour

Starting in Half Moon Bay, this over night ebike tour starts ends in Santa Cruz and includes tent cabin accommodation and shuttle back from Santa Cruz. We explore the beaches, vistas, farms and back roads of the coast. It's 60 miles from start to finish. We'll make many stops along the way and ride at a leisurely pace. We stay the night in a beautiful resort nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains with sweeping views of the ocean. If you have any questions, please contact us at +1-650-918-6259 or +1-415-580-1452.Includes • High quality e-bike • Helmet • 1 night accommodations tent cabin • Water & Snack • Professional Guide

$350 Walking & Biking Tours

Santa Cruz Mountains Ebike-Camping Adventure

We ride directly from Silicon Valley to the Santa Cruz mountains and out to the coast. We will explore the winding roads of Woodside and Skyline and make our way to a beautiful camping spot where we will set up camp, go for a hike and build a fire. Those with courage will kiss a Banana Slug for good luck. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and majesty of the Redwood trees and all the sights that the scenery has to offer. In the morning we will ride back.Includes, Gear, Tent & FoodIf you have any questions, please contact us at +1-650-918-6259 or +1-415-580-1452.

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