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Things to Do

Mountaintop Adventures

Discover Invigorating Santa Cruz Outdoor Activities 

· Hiking Trails at Chaminade ·

With over 3 miles of hiking trail meandering through the resort, you will surely feel miles away from ordinary. A variety of terrain and intensity levels on our trails will suit every guest and make you feel refreshed.

Family Hiking

Three Miles of Trails

Guests enjoy exploring more than three miles of lush hiking trails meandering through pristine eucalyptus groves and grassy fields. Chaminade boasts 200+ acres and gives guests the opportunity to step out and experience a variety of beautiful terrains.

The trails may be enjoyed by hikers of all abilities, but please note that trails are not paved. Maps are available to guests at the Fitness Center and Front Desk.

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· Canopy Tour & Zipline ·

The Redwood Canopy Tours are the original canopy tour zip-lines in the redwood forest and are the only facility of its kind in the region. Embark on an exciting eco-adventure into the redwood canopy of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Redwood Canopy Tours

Enjoy the coastal redwood forest from the unique perspective only a zip-line canopy tour can offer. The two hour guided tour includes six zip-lines and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet.

Each tour of up to eight is led by two certified guides who share their ecological knowledge and bring the history of the Santa Cruz redwood forest to life. 

Distance: 9.7 miles

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· Santa Cruz County State Parks ·

Santa Cruz County boasts 14 state parks covering a range of terrain from wave-swept beaches to rugged mountain ridges. These vast expanses of preserved land are a testament to conservation efforts that have been ongoing for over a century. Get the best of what Santa Cruz has to offer by starting a trail in a thicket of redwoods and ending on the sandy shore.

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Discover Redwoods & More

Though Redwood National Park may not fit into your travel schedule, two of Santa Cruz’s State Parks feature these ancient trees:

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient growth redwoods south of San Francisco.
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park includes a variety of forested areas including redwoods, mixed evergreens, riparian, ponderosa pine, as well as rare ancient marine deposits called Santa Cruz sandhills.

Follow the following links for information and maps on the other 12 State Parks in Santa Cruz County:

· San Lorenzo Valley ·

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From Redwoods to Rivers

Once home to a bustling logging industry, the San Lorenzo Valley meanders through the Santa Cruz Mountains following its namesake waterway, the San Lorenzo River. From towering redwood forests, 100 year old steam trains, high flying zipling to award winning wine tasting, the San Lorenzo Valley is a laid back valley brimming with adventure.

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