Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail is a 20.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, CA that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

20.8 miles 3197 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

Ohlone Bluffs Trail in Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz, CA.

hiking
5 days ago

Such stunning views of the coast!

2 months ago

So gorgeous, and an easy hike

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!

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Love the views!

hiking
1 year ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

mountain biking
2 years ago

Great trail. However, the directions are wrong. It leads you to a site 5 miles north of the State Park where it makes little sense to start. You can park off of hwy 1 across from the trailhead to go up into Wilder. The Enchanted loop is amazing with an excellent technical singletrack and beautiful redwood forests. The climb back up is steep but worth it after the awesome ride down. If you continue on, you can ride to the Baldwin loop trail, cross hwy 1 and ride the Ohlone trail that hugs the coast. This trail is fairly flat without any technical features but delivers a spectacular view of the rugged coastline. It's definitely worthwhile despite the flat, and sometimes sandy, trail.

walking
2 years ago

This is a great little walk. Whenever someone new comes to town and wants to check out Santa Cruz, this is a stop on my itinerary for them. It's super easy and flat with great ocean views and plenty of dramatic crashing waves.

I start at the upper parking lot and follow the Ohlone Bluff Trail along the cost for about 1 mile. It cuts inland and you can follow a dirt road past a (private?) property and then down the hill, over the railroad tracks, then back up toward the park entrance. Good for parents or those with less hiking experience that still want a great outdoor experience.

Bring a wind jacket.

I haven't spent any time down in the Cultural Preserve Area.

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

Great trail, spring time is best.

hiking
4 years ago

Great scenic trails, can take the loop through the old farm property and walk through a prairie and lookout over the Monterey Bay.

mountain biking
5 years ago

This area is pretty big and offers a lot. Open single track, oak canopy, eucalyptus grove, technical single track, and the trail head is close to the ocean where a track along the bluff is present. It's moderate in terms of difficulty and has lots of variety. Finding it is easy as is parking. This is really a great spot!

mountain biking
5 years ago

Another great trail near the Pacific coast. There is a short loop near the ocean that just about anyone can complete. Nothing too strenuous, and great views. For those looking for a challenge, head inland! Some awesome single track through this park. My wife is not a big fan of single track but still managed her way through some of the tracks. My profile picture is taken in this park as well. There are definitely some areas that are for more advanced riders, but overall nothing too gnarly. Mountain lions have been spotted through here. My friends have pictures of one to prove it. Make sure you're aware of your surroundings while you have fun through this awesome park.