Old Landing Cove Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Old Landing Cove Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, CA 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.

2.4 miles 134 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

sea kayaking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

over grown

washed out

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

3 months ago

Easy but nice!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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

walking
6 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.

7 months ago

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

walking
1 year ago

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

cross country skiing
1 year ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

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!

walking
2 years ago

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

2 years ago

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!

nature trips
2 years ago

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.

mountain biking
3 years ago

I took my 6 year old son on the first couple miles of this ride and it was great! Amazing views and the trail was well maintained.

mountain biking
3 years ago

The Ohlone Bluff trail was a great scenic and easy ride. Start out at the trail head at the north most part off of highway 1. And follow out and back.

mountain biking
4 years ago

This is an awesome place to go riding. There are multiple trails you can take from the state park and you can also ride on the Santa Cruz county trail that will take you all the way to the boardwalk. I recommend taking the ohlone bluff trail that follows the ocean side. Also I recommend the wilder ranch trail that goes towards the old barns.