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Explore a cave, play in a waterfall

guided hike

Explore a cave, play in a waterfall

1 review
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks, Transport
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Explore a cave, play in a waterfall

guided hike

Explore a cave, play in a waterfall

1 review
Duration
2 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks, Transport
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

You will arrive at the rendezvous point located on UCSC campus in the parking lot for Porter college. This is the only lot with metered parking, so you may drive up but please remember to bring change. There are also several busses that will take you to the “Porter/Kresge” bus stop, which is a short walk from the lot. Please indicate if you require a map. We will then hike down to the Porter cave, which is a relatively well known tourist destination. We will take turns descending into the cave to explore. Please remember to bring flashlights for this portion of the experience. We will then exit the cave into Inspiration Grove, which is a well kept secret hiking destination usually reserved for Santa Cruz locals only - until now! The group will have a choice of whether they want to hike along the river to the waterfall, or explore a new direction. There are at least two other rivers in the vast forest area that I have found, and the area is teeming with wildlife such as deer, squirrels, raccoons, and, mountain lions. Depending on the ability of the group, I am happy to spend our time either following the river path or breaking new ground - either way, it is breathtaking.

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Learn more about Chloe

Chloe

I am a UCSC alumni and have a passion for exploring the more unexplored areas of Santa Cruz. My favorite trail is the kind made by me - and, after almost a decade in the area, I have accumulated a vast network of trailheads that lead to and past some pretty incredible places. Think gorgeous groves and riverbanks that have never seen another footprint, waterfalls that few others have laid eyes on, and secret lagoons that not even a satellite has been able to map them! While I won’t be giving up all my secrets, I am delighted to show you some of my more exciting discoveries during this hike!

What's included

Drinks
Water
Transport
I will be offering a shuttle service from the base of campus (UCSC sign, High st & Bay st) to the rendezvous point if needed.

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Where you'll be

We will hike through the forest on campus to the Porter cave, which is a large, cavernous space embedded completely underground. Those who are claustrophobic or may have trouble descending and ascending a 20+ft ladder should avoid this portion of the experience. We will then hike through Inspiration Grove, following the river path out to the waterfall and past the rapids. Depending on the time of year, the river could be dry in some places.

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.
Chloe
Explore a cave, play in a waterfall
1 review
£42/person
1 review
£42/person