Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail is a 20.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California 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.
Ohlone Bluffs Trail in Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz, CA.
I head out to Wilder Ranch often. Lots of awesome trails and so many different things to see; ocean, caves, flowers, open fields, mountains, trees and of course wild life. Its a beautiful place in almost all seasons. Make sure you bring all weather clothes, it can be cold or hot at any time.
Such stunning views of the coast!
So gorgeous, and an easy hike
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!
Love the views!
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.
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.
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.