Rock Solid Map App

Austin Riba made GraniteMaps Santa Cruz for fun. Some 1,300 apps were downloaded within a few weeks of its launch.

GraniteMaps is a clear and reliable way for mountain bikers and hikers to explore Wilder Ranch and UCSC's upper campus.

Pescadero Creek County Park: Brook Trail Loop

Redwoods on the Brook Trail. Pescadero Creek does "misty forest" very well.

A satisfying half-day hike featuring long valley views, skyscraping redwoods and a delightful mini-gorge complete with a waterfall built to scale.

Whitehouse Ridge Trail

The view of Point Ano Nuevo from the Whitehouse Ridge Trail. Allison Titus photo.

There's more to Año Nuevo than elephant seals.

Ridge Trail–Fall Creek Trail

Fall Creek Trail, just north of the junction with South Fork Trail. Hilltromper photo.

Looking for a quick getaway or workout? This lollipop satisfies with a good 500-foot climb to a lofty redwood-lined ridge before descending to picturesque Fall Creek and following it back to the start of the loop.

McNee Ranch

The view from Montara Mountain at McNee Ranch: not too shabby. Photo by Eugene Kim on Flickr.

A steep trail and epic views just outside Half Moon Bay.

San Vicente Redwoods Access Plan: Round 1

The Land Trust is accepting comments on the draft SVR access plan through Oct 10. Email access@landtrustsantacruz.org. Map courtesy Land Trust of Santa Cruz County.

The first draft of the San Vicente Redwoods access plan is out, with good news for mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians—and a lot fewer dogs in its future than you might think.

Surviving Yosemite

Everyone stay cool! We took regular breaks at swimming holes on the Merced River.

Two adults, four kids, one VW camper and a very crowded national park.

Twin Oaks Tromp

Sky lupine on Twin Oaks Trail, a welcome sign of spring.

Sky lupine, blue-eyed grass, checkerbloom and a bazillion poppies are out on this favorite trail of mountain bikers and hikers alike.

Top 5 Rainy Season Hikes

A banana slug inches down a tree trunk in Nisene Marks State Park. Hilltromper photo.

The best places in Santa Cruz County to go hiking in wet weather.

Dog And Pony Show

What will the People say they want allowed at Cemex? Only time will tell.

Early results from Cemex access surveys suggest dogs and horses could become points of contention.