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Running in the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best ways to explore more of this region. To help you discover the most beautiful places to run, we’ve reviewed our full collection of routes in the Santa Cruz Mountains—and are proud to present the top 20 best running trails. Click on any of the routes for more details and browse real tips and photos uploaded by other runners.

Intermediate
00:56
5.36 mi
Difficult
02:04
9.76 mi
Intermediate
01:02
5.07 mi
Difficult
01:57
11.7 mi
Intermediate
00:52
4.97 mi
Difficult
01:30
7.36 mi
Intermediate
00:52
4.82 mi
Difficult
03:40
17.3 mi
Intermediate
00:54
5.42 mi
Intermediate
01:31
9.13 mi
Intermediate
00:45
3.48 mi
Intermediate
01:23
7.93 mi
Intermediate
00:51
4.64 mi
Intermediate
01:20
7.89 mi
Intermediate
01:00
4.44 mi
Intermediate
00:32
3.24 mi
Intermediate
00:56
5.51 mi
Intermediate
01:08
5.53 mi
Difficult
01:24
6.98 mi
Intermediate
01:09
6.69 mi

The 20 best runs in the Santa Cruz Mountains

    1
    Intermediate
    00:56
    5.36 mi
    5.7 mph
    425 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
    2
    Difficult
    02:04
    9.76 mi
    4.7 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    01:02
    5.07 mi
    4.9 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Difficult
    01:57
    11.7 mi
    6.0 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Intermediate
    00:52
    4.97 mi
    5.7 mph
    475 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Difficult
    01:30
    7.36 mi
    4.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    7
    Intermediate
    00:52
    4.82 mi
    5.5 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Difficult
    03:40
    17.3 mi
    4.7 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    00:54
    5.42 mi
    6.0 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Intermediate
    01:31
    9.13 mi
    6.0 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Intermediate
    00:45
    3.48 mi
    4.6 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.
    12
    Intermediate
    01:23
    7.93 mi
    5.8 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Intermediate
    00:51
    4.64 mi
    5.5 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Intermediate
    01:20
    7.89 mi
    5.9 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.
    15
    Intermediate
    01:00
    4.44 mi
    4.4 mph
    900 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.
    16
    Intermediate
    00:32
    3.24 mi
    6.0 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    17
    Intermediate
    00:56
    5.51 mi
    5.9 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    01:08
    5.53 mi
    4.9 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    19
    Difficult
    01:24
    6.98 mi
    5.0 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Intermediate
    01:09
    6.69 mi
    5.9 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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