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A great variety of scenic running options are available in this small coastal city locatedĀ  40 miles north of the Monterey/Carmel area. While the downtown boardwalk area is remarkably festive (think ferris wheels and funnel cakes), local runners agree the best places to run in Santa Cruz are the bike path along West Cliff Drive and the seaside trails of the Wilder Ranch State Park. We also love the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, the fantastic and varied paths on the campus of UC Santa Cruz, great beach running on Seacliff State Beach, and the fire road and trails through a redwood forest in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.

All Santa Cruz Area Routes