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.
Amber B. on Old Landing Cove Trail
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.
Beautiful views, but nothing other than cliffs by the sea. Additionally, there were multiple beaches that could be accessed by the trail. Other than that, nothing else gave us a "wow" factor.
Wouldn't necessarily call this a hike either, more of a casual walk near the ocean.