St. John's Catholic Church - Shrine of St. Joseph
Distance: 9 miles
Elevation: Ascent 171 ft; Descent 374 ft
Schedule: 7:00 Breakfast/Pack; 8:00 Depart; 12:00 Visit Mission Santa Cruz (Mass and Lunch); 4:00 Arrival to Shrine of St Joseph; 5:00 Dinner and visit Santa Cruz beach and boardwalk
Description: Today’s walk is short, but this gives us some time to stop at Roaring Camp and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park with its amazing “Old-Growth Loop” containing redwoods up to 1800 years old. The journey continues along the San Lorenzo River just about all the way to Mission Santa Cruz, where we will stop for Mass and Lunch. The final leg to the Shrine of St Joseph is less than two miles walking through the city. We only walk a short distance on Route 9 at the beginning before entering Henry Cowell Park, but the rest of the day would be good for families. With the cover of the redwoods and the San Lorenzo River it tends to be a little chillier.
Accommodations: Shrine of St Joseph: 544 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz. We will sleep on the parish hall floor. Church bathrooms and pop-up showers will be available. Outdoor showers at the beach are also available.
Suggested hotels for those not staying at the above provided accommodations:
Pacific Blue Inn: 636 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 831-600-8880
Ocean Pacific Lodge: 301 Pacific Ave Santa Cruz 831-457-1234