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Wilder Ranch State Park, just north of Santa Cruz, has 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys. Several restored buildings once belonging to the Wilder family are preserved. The park has tours and living history demonstrations to help visitors explore the history of early ranchers and farmers along the Central Coast. The site was originally the main rancho supplying Santa Cruz Mission. It later became a successful and innovative dairy ranch. Surrounding grounds include Victorian homes, gardens, and historic adobe. This region’s climate has a mild average of 50 – 70 degrees. Coastal weather is unpredictable, so wearing layered clothing is advised. Open 8am to sunset.

Such stunning views of the coast!

16 days ago

walking
1 month ago

Great beach and a little walk to get there...

hiking
1 month ago

great views and close to the boardwalk if you're on a day trip from the bay.

So gorgeous, and an easy hike

Easy but nice!

mountain biking
3 months ago

My boyfriend and I had a blast riding this train! Will definitely come back

SO beautiful. saw some really cute sea lions and tons of beautiful scenery. Only had a 20$ so had to park on the pch and walk a little further. Totally worth it.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful and easy trail. It can get warm especially on clear a clear say. Although it is an easy walk trail, bring water, snack, and a hat!

4 months ago

Nice easy walk for our family with kids. Great cliff views. It was windy but not too bad. It's a state park so prepare to pay the $10 entry fee or park on the PCH and climb over the little hill and walk an extra minute or two to the trail head.

walking
5 months ago

Nice!

walking
5 months ago

be sure to bring your camera along! easy walk, great views and be sure to stop by the actual ranch before you leave. it's a fun piece of history.

Beautiful ocean trail. Flat and easy walk. Lots of walkers, bikes and strollers.

hiking
10 months ago

Love the views!

was a very nice day. got to see some dolphins and go down to the beach and go inside the cave. very nice time.

Beautiful views of the Pacific, good changes in elevation so you get a little work out in, too, and a hidden redwood forest with a stream. We took Baldwin Loop to Enchanted Loop for a 5.4 mile RT hike.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Amazing views of the ocean at every turn. Non strenuous.