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Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz
by Debbie Bulger and Richard Stover
284 p

A new walking guide to Santa Cruz reveals hidden passageways, takes one up and down local staircases, and points out historic and natural features along the way.

The 44 detailed maps and clear step-by-step route descriptions are easy to follow. Walk descriptions point out places of historic interest one passes by such as a public school that once portrayed the Supreme Court in a silent movie and the remains of the 1898 wave motor in the surf off West Cliff Drive.
A bonus feature is the authors’ explanation of the safety value of pedestrian structures such as safety crossing beacons (Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons) and median islands.

Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz is a guidebook to fascinating walks in Santa Cruz, California ranging from one mile to more than six miles in length. The vibrant route descriptions reveal the location of many unmarked stairways and hidden passageways in this California Central Coast town. The featured walks lead to scenic vistas, historic structures, and natural areas.

More than 130 photographs include over 75 way-finding pictures and numerous photos of plants and animals likely to be seen by the walker. All walks are rated by distance and elevation gain.

About the authors:

Local residents Debbie Bulger and Richard Stover walk for transportation and fitness all over Santa Cruz. Bulger is the coordinator for Mission: Pedestrian, a pedestrian advocacy organization. She is the author of In the thrill of the night. Stover created the maps and took most of the photographs in Secret Walks & Staircases in Santa Cruz. He is retired from Lick Observatory.

Early reviewers are captivated:

“A must read for those new to Santa Cruz. A great guide for those who have lived here for years.”
—Katherine Beiers, Former Mayor of Santa Cruz

“I was thrilled to read this book of walks to find that I at once felt more deeply connected to the Santa Cruz I know so well and also excited to learn about the hidden gems of history, nature and secret paths that feel like new adventures awaiting me.”
—Theresia Rogerson, Public health professional

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