Santa Cruz eBike Riding Guide

Santa Cruz boasts some of the most beautiful ebike riding in the US. Our ride guide will have you ready to explore scenic vistas, confidently tackle climbs, and discover delightful and delicious diversions along the way. Rent an ebike or download the Ridespot Guide to get turn-by-turn directions on classic routes. Ready to experience the joy of riding a Gazelle?

West Cliff Cruz

West Cliff Cruise

A short, scenic spin featuring expansive views of Monterey Bay, classic surf breaks, and unique natural features. 

Stats: 6.7 mi / 164 ft of elevation gain

Gazelle Hill Climb Challenge

Hill Climb Challenge

A dynamic, incline-oriented route with one long moderate climb and a big ascent up the steepest hill in town.

Stats: 5.8 mi / 466 ft of elevation gain

Campus Loop

Campus Loop

A dynamic route showcasing stunning vistas, heady hills, fast descents, and everything a Gazelle has to offer.

Stats: 8.7 mi / 784 ft of elevation gain

Gazelle Coastal Cruz

Coastal Cruise

A lengthy but leisurely tour of the greater Santa Cruz area, with piers, roller coasters, and cows, oh my!

Stats: 18.0 mi / 449 ft of elevation gain

Routes Made Easy

We’ve partnered with RideSpot, a platform that allows you to discover great places to ride, to create custom Santa Cruz routes to help you make the most of your Gazelle demo experience and put your bike to the test. From casual coastal cruising perfect for people seeking a relaxed riding style to challenging, hilly terrain ideal for pushing you and your ebike to the sportive limit, our signature routes are designed to showcase the stunning sights of Santa Cruz as well as the joy of riding a Gazelle.

Scenic Stops

Scenic Stops

Santa Cruz has an abundance of breathtaking views and compelling curiosities. Here are a few of our favorite places to take an ebike break and drink in the sights.

  • Natural Bridges State Park: migrating monarchs, stone arches, and tempting tidepools
  • Surfer Statue: overlooking the famed Steamer Lane surf break and often amusingly decorated
  • Municipal Wharf: fresh seafood restaurants, sunset views, and chorus of barking sea lions
  • Walnut Street: cute shops and cafes, and an iconic stretch of historic Victorian homes
  • Top of the UCSC bike path: an absolutely stunning panoramic vista of Monterey bay
  • Seymour Center: interactive museum and aquarium with a whale skeleton, cliff-side path, and native plant garden

Delicious Detours

Delicious Detours

If you work up an appetite during your demo ride, have no fear, Santa Cruz is a culinary mecca. There are far too many tasty spots to list them all, but here are a few recommendations along our ride routes:

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

We're proud to partner with the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz to offer an exclusive "Let's Cruz" package featuring Gazelle ebike rentals from our Experience Center. If you're visiting from out of town, the Dream Inn is the perfect place to start your trip with its stunning oceanside location and views of Monterey Bay. Learn more about the "Let's Cruz" package here.

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