Santa Cruz Trail

Los Padres National Forest, California

Elevation Gain6,446ft
Trailhead Elevation4,300ft
Elevation Min/Max1316/4351ft
Elevation Start/End4300/4300ft

Santa Cruz Trail

Santa Cruz Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Barbara County, California. It is within Los Padres National Forest. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 4,300 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,446 feet. This trail connects with the following: Happy Hollow.

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Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura (Wilderness Press)
Craig R. Carey
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"Whether you have a weekend or full week at your disposal, the Santa Cruz National Recreational Trail can likely accommodate—or at least factor in—your plans. This venerable 21-mile route begins after a short walk on an OHV route, and climbs and drops and then climbs some more all the way to Mission Pine Ridge."

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Trail Information

Los Padres National Forest
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Los Padres National Forest
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS: San Marcos Pass, Little Pine Mountain, San Rafael Mountain, and Big Pine Mountain; Conant’s San Rafael Wilderness
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