A perfect NorCal day: hiking in the redwoods, pedaling a beach cruiser along sea cliffs. We love this hike and bike! Plus a roller coaster ride at the Beach Boardwalk and sunset cocktails? Best day ever...
9:30am Meet at the Dream Inn (or other designated meeting place) for brief introductions and logistics
•Hike in beautiful Wilder State Park for a 6.7 mile hike through redwoods with sweeping views and *mostly* downhill. Gourmet picnic lunch included at the historic cultural center.
Afternoon. Our 2 expert bike guides lead us along the well-marked coastal trail that is relatively flat and almost exclusively for bikes and pedestrians. For 7.6 miles we head towards Santa Cruz keeping a look out for surfers, seals, otters, whales and dolphins playing in the waves. Famous "Giant Dipper" rollercoaster time at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Not into roller coasters? No problem, here are some other options:
- Stroll the wharf to shop, people-watch or enjoy oysters and clam chowder (not included in trip price).
- Chill at the beach and watch surfers hang ten at Steamer Lane
- Enjoy a cocktail at The Dream Inn's Aquarius Restaurant, overlooking Cowell's Beach
• Re-convene at the Dream Inn's Aquarius Bar for a sunset cocktail and toast.
Contact us if you're interested in this experience!
Expert, friendly naturalist guide for redwood hike. Bike rental, helmet and 2 guides on the path. 1 rollercoaster ticket. Lunch and final trip cocktail is NOT included and will be enjoyed at a lovely local cafe near the ocean.
What to Bring and Expect
Sturdy sneakers that can be used for hiking and riding a bike. Layers--it can get chilly in the redwoods. Long pants suitable for hiking and biking. Sunglasses, water bottle (water at trailhead). Optional: Sunhat, Rain Jacket in case of rain, camera, Hiking poles, snacks and a backpack to put it all in.
Previous Experience required?
No previous outdoor experience is necessary but you do need to know how to ride a bike! If you are in reasonably good shape and have the desire and enthusiasm, you will do fine. Our expert leaders will give a thorough overview of the route, activities and best practices for the activity. We recommend hiking uphill and biking as training, but it's not required! Our 2 biking guides will show you the way, no one is left behind. We will have stops along the way for folks to catch up, take pictures, talk about local history and rest.
Bike sizing measured at checkout. Options for folks with dietary restrictions available at lunch. Need lodging before/after trip or more/multi-day adventure? Contact us and we'll create the perfect adventure for you. MS Adventures is fully licensed and insured.