Lighthouse Field State Beach
Visitor center: Displays trace 100 years of Santa Cruz surfing history, including surfboard designs from early to modern. Photos and videos demonstrate surfing styles through time.
West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path
Trailhead: You can access the walkway at many points along West Cliff Drive.
Length: 2-4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & aboveThe trail can be crowded on weekends and after work, but there's enough room to travel in a wheelchair.
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleThere is a steep section from Cowell Beach to about a tenth of a mile past the hotels, after which the trail levels out.
DescriptionThe paved bicycle and pedestrian path along West Cliff Drive starts at the Santa Cruz Wharf and gently climbs uphill for close to three miles, to Natural Bridges State Park. As you leave Cowell Beach, you will encounter one of the few steep inclines--less than an eighth of a mile, which levels out past a couple of hotels....
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach Wheelchair: No
Accessible Parking: Yes
Accessible Restroom: Yes
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|Managing Agency:||City of Santa Cruz and California State Parks|
|Address:||701 West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz|
|Nearest City:||Santa Cruz|
|Phone:||Lighthouse Field SB: (831) 429-2850; City of Santa Cruz: (831) 420-5030|
|Hours:|| Park: Sunrise to sunset|
Visitor center: Thurs.–Mon., noon-4 pm; summer hours (July 4 through Labor Day) Wed.–Mon., 10 am-5 pm
|Public Transportation:||Santa Cruz Metro|
|Useful Links:||Santa Cruz Surfing Museum|
Reviewed by Martha Wegner, February 26, 2009
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