I've hiked all the hikes in Santa Cruz County while clearing the area of geocaches. I'm now almost finished my geocaching adventures, and am ready, I think, to just walk the trails to smell the roses and breathe the air, without other agendas.
Here are some of my favorite hikes, that I could offer to help with. Many take coordination with vehicles at both ends. Some of these may have already happened.
1. Big Basin to the Sea at Waddell Creek. Around 13 miles downhill.
2. Highlands Road to Aptos, downhill. Around 14 miles. Can be done as a fun downhill bike ride.
3. Henry cowell, along Graham road, through Henry Cowell, through bit of Pogonip, through UCSC, into Wilder, and down to the Highway 1 entrance.
4. Nisene-- start at the main entrance, drive in to the farthest available parking lot... Follow Aptos Creek trail to 5 finger falls, then bushwhack and up the creek about 7 miles of boulder hopping. Highlights include a 100 foot falls that we geocachers call "the Secret Falls of Aptos". Other highlights include "the log jam of doom", and "the Wall". Maybe my favorite hike in Santa Cruz county and I have done it half a dozen times. I've taken 2 groups of 8+ hikers through there safely. Spring time after light to moderate rain might be best, to enjoy the falls. If some people are interested, I could suggest possible dates.