View of Monterey Bay from Sempervirens Point off Highway 9

View of Monterey Bay from Sempervirens Point off Highway 9

About the Santa Cruz Mountains

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The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion covers an area of 3,592 square kilometers (1387 square miles) on the central coast, bounded on the north by the Golden Gate, on the East by San Francisco Bay and the Santa Clara Valley, on the south by the Pajaro River and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. It includes all of San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties and the western part of Santa Clara County.  

The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council (SCMBC) defines the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion as that part of the coast range that extends from the Golden Gate on the north down to the Pajaro River to the South and from The San Francisco Bay and Santa Clara Valley on the East to the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay to the West.  It includes all of this area, all of the watersheds, within these geographic boundaries. It  extends from the ridge tops down to the alluvial fans, brackish/saltwater lagoons, marshes, mud flats and coastal intertidal zones.

This more useful ecosystem-oriented definition permits the consideration of hydrological processes, sediment flows, nutrient cycles, and the movement of species within riparian corridors and plant communities in all of the watersheds within the geographic area of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

Views of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Descriptions of Sub Regions (NW, SW, NE, SE)

Northwest Open Coast Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)

Northeast Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from, and within)

Southwest Monterey Bay of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)

Sandhills of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)

Southeast Region of the Santa Cruz Mountains (of, from and within)

Views of Loma Prieta

Loma Prieta is the tallest mountain in the Santa Cruz Mountains. it is a distinctive flat top peak about 3806 feet high and is located and is located about 15 miles south of San Jose, Ca. Loma Prieta is a reference point land mark for many people in our bioregion and can be seen from many different perspectives in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Inspired by the Book 100 View of Mount Fuuji by Timothy Clark, 2001, we have created this spot on our website to show and honor the various ways that Loma Prieta can be viewed and perceived. If you would like to share a photo(s) from your perspective, please contact Fred McPherson at fredwood@cruzio.com.