Whether you're a seasoned backpacker, have never even tried it, or somewhere in between; we can take you out on an enjoyable overnight trip that's suited to your ability level. There are several opportunities for overnight and multiday trips in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Transportation back to your vehicle is included on one-way hikes, however prices do not include tent, backpack, or sleeping bag/pad rental. Campsites subject to availability, be sure to book early during peak times.
Castle Rock Loop
2 days/1 night, 6 mile loop (3/3), ± 675 feet, toilets and running water available at campsite.
Hike the roof of the Santa Cruz Mountains! The perfect introduction to backpacking. Walk downhill to the campsite along the incredibly scenic Saratoga Gap Trail, set up camp, then relax in the warm sun or cool shade. Later we'll go on a walk, explore some of the surrounding area, and watch the sun set from a high perch overlooking the mountains and ocean. The next day we'll complete the loop by hiking out the equally-scenic Ridge Trail, stopping to check out Goat Rock on the way back.
Price: $400 (up to 5 people)
2 days/1 night, 13 mile thru-hike (6/7), -1000 feet with a 300 foot climb to the campsite, toilets available at campsite.
Hike gently downhill from deep in the Redwoods on out to the ocean along a lush, green creek. You will camp near 3 spectacular waterfalls and have the opportunity to watch a beautiful sunset from a mountain top. Transportation between trail-end/trail-head included.
Price: $500 (up to 5 people)
3 days/2 nights, 30 mile thru-hike (10/10/10), -3000 feet, toilets and water available 1st night, toilets only the 2nd.
Hike the famous trail from Castle Rock State Park, through Big Basin State Park, all the way to the ocean! We'll hike 10 miles each day, starting high in the mountains before descending down into deep Redwood forest, and finishing on the wild open coast. Transportation between trail-end/trail-head included.
Price: $850 (up to 5 people)