Skyline to the Sea Trail
Begin in the Santa Cruz Mountains, hike through a redwood forest, and then end your journey at the Pacific Ocean.
The official distances on the trail's website is stated at 31 miles, although according to some GPS navigation systems, it's closer to 25 miles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
Though it's an overall descent to reach the Pacific Ocean, backpackers will still have to contend with a total of 1,710 feet of elevation gain, with a heavy pack if they're camping every night. Bottom line: This isn't a recommended route for beginners or families with young children.
Time To Complete
While you'll need about three days to finish the whole route, you can opt for a day trips or a shorter, out-and-back excursion to the campsites during the first part of the hike. Keep in mind, however, that the return trip on those will be mostly uphill.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
$10 per site for camping, plus a $5 fee for up to six people and one car
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