Old Landing Cove Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Sometimes all you need is an easy stroll by the ocean to refresh your spirits. This track along the Pacific Ocean north of Santa Cruz is one of the best places in California to do just that. You'll see gulls, geese, pelicans and other waterfowl and you might hear the distant bark of passing sea lions. If your timing's right, you might even spot passing whales on their annual migrations. Another bonus: touring the grounds of a farm replete with antique cars, farm machinery and other remnants of farming life along the Pacific in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Wilder family ran a dairy farm on this land from the 1880s to the 1970s. This track is very basic: just start out from the parking lot at the Wilder Ranch State Park visitors center and follow Old Cove Landing Trail along the ocean. Eventually it turns northward again and loops back to where you started. Best time to go: Views of the ocean are more clear in winter and spring; in summer the coast tends to get fogged in. The park is very popular on weekends; a weekday visit will be much more pleasant. December through April is also peak whale migration season.
Love the shit out this trail. Great views of the ocean and country side in every direction you blaze. Watch out fer Rattlesnakes and Mountain Lions.
Easy and lots to see!
great views and close to the boardwalk if you're on a day trip from the bay.
Easy but nice!
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.
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.
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.
was a very nice day. got to see some dolphins and go down to the beach and go inside the cave. very nice time.
Amazing views of the ocean at every turn. Non strenuous.
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.
This trail is excellent. About a half mile eh walk and then the rest of the trail is a scenic overlook of the cliffs over the Pacific Ocean. It's a bargain to get in and enjoy this view for only $10. After the hike go down to Santa Cruz Brewing Company or the West End Tap Room to quench your thirst.
This hike was a beautiful hike, just too flat for me. It's extremely windy, and felt as though I would be blown right off the cliff! Might do this one on my bike!
so many hidden gems (secluded beaches, caves), and one of the ones we saw were open to the public! very easy walk, definitely would go again
Very flat, very easy, and VERY beautiful. This is a quick jaunt along the coast, perfect for families in need of fresh air. Keep your eyes on the kiddies though because it is very cliffy. Make sure you look out for tons of seals sunning themselves and also make a point to make your way down to Fern Cave. If you are looking for a more "hike" hike this is not it. Enjoy!
wow, gorgeous ... If you take the highway it's boring and watch out for horse poop. If you stay close to the beach it's gorgeous and scenic, ... Watch out for the hemlock it is all over the place.