Posts Tagged: First Day Hikes
Experience an unforgettable negative tide and do what is rarely possible – walk the 2-mile roundtrip adventure along the beach from New Brighton to Capitola just before sunset. This staff-and-volunteer-led hike will meet on the sand at New Brighton State Beach just below the day use parking lot. Bring water, snacks, and proper footwear—feet may get wet. We will encounter interesting geologic features in a coastal bluff, 5-million-year-old whale fossils, shell fossils, tide pool creatures such as crabs, chitons, anemones, small fish, and the elusive octopus, and cover the natural history of the area. We will return to New Brighton around 4pm, and may remain on the beach until sunset.
On this 3.6-mile, 2-hour moderate hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Meet at the Interpretive Center. Please no pets. Event is free; vehicle day use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 426-0505.
Stroll through history as you visit the various gardens within our courtyard and patio at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. We can learn a good deal about people who lived here in the past by exploring the plants they used and cultivated. Tour our native plant gardens, demonstration vegetable beds and Victorian “Nearyland”. Take home history in a seed. Event is free; rain cancels. For more information, please call (831) 425-5849.
Join us for a stroll through the habitats of Natural Bridges State Beach to discover wintertime birds. Participants should expect to stop frequently, stand still, and listen quietly during the walk. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, from first timers to avid experts. Event is free; vehicle day-use fee is $10. For more information, please call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8.
Join us for a moderate 2-mile, 2-hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at McNee Ranch, Montara State Beach. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites. Rain cancels; event is free. Meet at the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Tom Lantos tunnel. For more information, please call 650-726-8814. Event is free.