Wild Recovery
San Jose, California
May 7th, 2005
  U.C. Santa Cruz

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May 7th, 2005

  U. C. Santa Cruz

Walking the Walk

The hike starts above U.C. Santa Cruz. We cross a long, open meadow near Empire Grade Crossing. The meeting site has a nice ocean view (from 800 feet) and your choice of sun or shade (the last two pictures are the meeting site). This will be our first hike here.

This hike starts in the Redwood forest above UC Santa Cruz, crosses long, open meadow near Empire Grade Crossing to Grey Whale Ranch and Wilder Ranch. This hike promises to be an absolute treat as our host has selected an amazing meeting location in the center of a beautiful Eucalyptus groove located 600 feet above sea level, complete with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

Know before you go

This hike offers a variety of ecosystems and great diversity of wildlife, among the possible sightings are bobcats, foxes, deer, quail, hawks, and errant seagulls. Beware of the usual ticks and poison oak. As we hike through the cool redwood groves into open meadows and light woodsy areas one would be well advised to wear layered clothing. The hike is 6 miles, Level 2, with a 400' climb.

Getting There

From San Jose, take Highway 17 towards Santa Cruz. Take Hwy 1 North for about one mile. Turn right on Highland, then make a left at the stop sign onto High St. High St will turn into Empire Grade, continue for approx. 1.6 miles to a right turn onto Heller. This is the entrance to UC Santa Cruz. Continue on Heller for another 1.3 miles. The parking lot where we will meet is at the end of the road. Drive time est. 50 minutes. Parking is Free.

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