Santa Cruz Mountains
The Santa Cruz Mountains
are a mountain range in central California
forming a ridge along the peninsula south of San Francisco
that separates the Pacific Ocean
from San Francisco Bay
and the Santa Clara Valley
. The tallest peak in the range is Loma Prieta (1160 m
; 3806'), near which is the epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
. Other major peaks include Mt. Umunhum (1063 m; 3486'), Mt. Bielawski (985
m; 3231'), El Sombroso (914 m; 2999'), Eagle Rock (758 m; 2488') and Morena Sierra (737 m; 2417'). The San Andreas Fault
runs along or near the ridge line throughout the range.
The area welcomes a tremendous number of species of birds. (see: bird list)
The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to the southernmost coast redwoods.