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Best hikes west of Silicon Valley

The Santa Cruz mountains west of Palo Alto and San Jose host many of the finest trails in the San Francisco Bay Area
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  The Santa Cruz Mountains illustrate why the Bay Area is hiker heaven: redwoods old and new fill hillsides facing the Pacific Ocean,... more »

Tips:  Redwood hikes can be very chilly in the morning; be sure to dress in layers.

Make sure you bring enough snacks and water for longer... more »

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Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, California, United States
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Get your nature fix and add a short hike at this bucolic pond in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco.
Searsville (historical), California, United States
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Towering redwoods and eye-opening vistas make this hike a great escape from the stress of Silicon Valley.
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California, United States
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 10.2 miles
Duration: Full day
Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite.
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Saratoga, California, United States
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 6.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Great views, challenging hiking in the hills southwest of Silicon Valley.
Sanborn Skyline County Park, California, United States
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 5.2 miles
Duration: Half day
Excellent hike through the redwoods just west of Saratoga and south of San Jose, California