Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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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.

20.8 miles 3339 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.

6 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Such stunning views of the coast!

2 months ago

4 months ago

So gorgeous, and an easy hike

mountain biking
5 months ago

walking
6 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!

trail running
6 months ago

hiking
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hiking
1 year 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

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.

mountain biking
2 years ago

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.