This is Hilltromper!

Welcome to Hilltromper, the first comprehensive online resource focused on outdoor recreation in Santa Cruz. Woven throughout it it is the web’s first reader-friendly online natural history encyclopedia. And the whole thing will soon include social networking functionality, with options to upload photos, share experiences and tap into a community of green-living nature lovers and outdoor recreationists—the folks we call "Hilltrompers."

Here in Santa Cruz, Hilltromper is the only one-stop outdoor recreation guide with information about all of the best places to play outside—the state parks, the beaches, the county parks, the bike trails and all the beautiful nooks and crannies where people go to hike, ride their bikes, surf, run with their dogs and generally grok the wonder that is the Central Coast. You won’t find us outing secret spots, but you will find us going deeper than anyone else into the treasure trove of local places worth knowing about.

Our calendar will keep you updated about outdoor events, our green community guide will put you in touch with the many environmental organizations doing good work in Santa Cruz and our blogs will keep you informed and entertained with a unique perspective on local, regional and national news.

This is the beginning of what will be the first nationwide network of place-based websites focused on outdoor recreation, nature and the people who love it all. Hilltromper isn't a website, it's a movement. We’re building a community of people deeply engaged with the places they love.

Sound like fun? Then become a Hilltromper! It’s free and always will be. Just check back here regularly and follow us on Twitter: @HilltromperSC.

See something you like, don’t see something you wish were there or just want to say hi? Send us an email: We want to hear from you.

See you out there!