Best Places To Live In Santa Cruz County If You Love To Hike

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 9:48am.

best places to live in santa cruz county if you love to hike

From clean Ocean air to the cascading slopes of the coastal mountains, Santa Cruz has everything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for. This area is home to some of the best hiking trails in the great state of California, which could be just minutes from your home in the Santa Cruz area! Here’s your exclusive guide to where you should live in Santa Cruz County if you love to hike.

Boulder Creek

This small mountain town is an idyllic escape from the busy city and your gateway to endless hiking trails with everything from easy walks to multi-day trips. Just one hours from Silicon Valley and half-hour from Santa Cruz, residents are immersed in an autonomous community where the past comes to life with unbeatable charm. The downtown consists of beautifully preserved historic storefronts, and homes here can be a little more affordable than they are closer to the city. Find out more about homes for sale in Boulder Creek now!

Hiking Area Near Boulder Creek: Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Notable Trails: Sequoia Trail, Meteor Trail, Howard King Trail, Shadowbrook Trail

Felton & Scotts Valley

Both of these communities are just a short drive from Santa Cruz and roughly half-an-hour from Silicon Valley, and are nestled in their own lush valley. What’s great about these area’s is that they’re nested in area’s with plenty of pristine wilderness all around, but it doesn’t compromise your access to preferred big-city conveniences. Curious about what these areas have to offer? Check out all of the homes in Felton and Scotts Valley now!

Hiking Area Near Felton & Scotts Valley: Henry Cowell State Park
Notable Trails: Powder Mill Trail, Big Rock Hole Trail, Redwood Look Trail

West Santa Cruz

Considered to be one of the more upscale communities in Santa Cruz, West Santa Cruz is a colorful community with a great selection of homes that are close to a variety of outdoor activities. If you’re looking for adventure here, then you’ll want to be as far west as you can reasonably get so you can be closer to the trails. Another benefit to West Santa Cruz is that you’re also close to one of the city’s best surf spots, including Natural Bridges and West Cliff Drive. See all of the current homes for sale in West Santa Cruz now.

Hiking Areas Near West Santa Cruz: Wilder Ranch State Park
Notable Trails: Old Landing Cove Trail, Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail, Wilder Ridge Trail


Located just beyond Santa Cruz and Soquel, Aptos is a majestic area where the mountains meet the sea. From oceanfront homes to farming properties and simple family homes to retirement communities, Aptos has a little bit of everything, but especially a laid-back charm. It’s terrific location at the foot of the mountains makes it easy to escape for a quick adventure in the hills or a fun afternoon in the sun on the beach. Is this the perfect community for you? Check out all of the current homes for sale in Aptos now!

Hiking Areas Near Aptos: The Forest of Nisene
Notable Trails: Aptos Creek and West Ridge Trail, Loma Prieta and Bridge Loop, Bridge Creek Trail to Maple Falls

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