Local Mountains

Your Gateway to the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Lexington Ridge Inn is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Part of the Pacific Coast Ranges, the Santa Cruz Mountains form a ridge along the San Francisco Peninsula running from just south of San Francisco all the way to the Central Coast near Monterey Bay and the Salinas Valley.  There are a wealth of hiking and biking trails within walking distance of the Inn, and nearby Castle Rock State Park offers many trails, picnic areas and even seasonal waterfalls.

The highest point in the range is Loma Prieta Peak 3,786 feet (1,154 m), near which is the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Other major peaks include Mount Umunhum 3,486 feet (1,063 m), and Black Mountain 2,800 feet (850 m) which is near Cupertino.

The San Andreas Fault runs along or near the ridge line throughout the range. And, California Highway 35 , AKA “Skyline Boulevard” runs along the ridge for much of the length of the range on the San Francisco Peninsula.

The Santa Cruz Mountains are a legally defined American Viticultural Area, with wines being produced here since at least the 1840s.   There are over 30 wineries located in the area. Our favorites and recommendations are shown on the Wineries page.

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