I wouldn’t consider the last two hikes what I normally do. Nonetheless, by definition, it was a long walk for pleasure or exercise. April and May’s hike took place in the wonderful beach town of Santa Cruz.
West Cliff Drive
In all my days of living so close to Santa Cruz, I have never done this trail. Round trip, it’s 4 miles from near the lighthouse. Parking is free if you can find one. It’s an easy, flat and curvy trail. It can also get a little busy with bicyclists, dog walkers and joggers. You walk by a beach that says to keep dogs on their leashes yet so many dogs are enjoying the sand and water down below. I wish I had known about this part of the beach when Bevo was still alive. He would have loved it. He loved the water.
Prepare yourself for beautiful scenery of jagged cliffs, flower patches with benches, art pieces and million dollar homes. There are parallel bars, beautiful spots to do yoga and greet numerous people also enjoying the fresh air. I was able to cover 4.32 miles and burned 285 miles.
UC Santa Cruz
With some howling heard at night in the open space behind my friend’s home I was housesitting at, I changed my initial hiking route to somewhere a bit more populated. I thought it would be best especially if I was going to be hiking alone. I remember the grounds of University of California, Santa Cruz in the hills to be full of trails, bridges, tall trees and winding paths. I haven’t been to the campus in over ten years to serve the same purpose. The grounds and views didn’t disappoint.
In the time my $2.50 parking permit allowed, I went up 257 feet in elevation, covered 2.18 miles and burned 208 calories. In comparison, you can see that adding some height burns more calories. Get to hiking!