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Wilder Ranch State Park, just north of Santa Cruz, has 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys. Several restored buildings once belonging to the Wilder family are preserved. The park has tours and living history demonstrations to help visitors explore the history of early ranchers and farmers along the Central Coast. The site was originally the main rancho supplying Santa Cruz Mission. It later became a successful and innovative dairy ranch. Surrounding grounds include Victorian homes, gardens, and historic adobe. This region’s climate has a mild average of 50 – 70 degrees. Coastal weather is unpredictable, so wearing layered clothing is advised. Open 8am to sunset.

hiking
18 hours ago

mountain biking
3 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

There is a 10 dollar fee to enter this ranch. But its worth taking the walk on this scenic walk along the coastal line. You see blue green waters, curious sea lions that come take a look at you and crazy long plankton that dances to the waves. In between these cliffs you see small beaches that are venice style. Go for it.

Beautiful hike!

hiking
20 days ago

Good uphill climb counter-clockwise. Recommend not doing the full loop, after passing the enchanted loop turnoff, the trail is covered in poison oak for about a mile and half...not very enjoyable. We went on a cloudy day, so the view wasn't anything, but could see how on a clear day, it would be pretty.

hiking
21 days ago

To each their own but I'm not sure how this trail gets 4.5 stars. Overall, I would not recommend this for hiking but perhaps better for mountain biking. This trail offers little to no shade for the majority of the hike. Perhaps it would be better in another season, but definitely not good in the Summer. The amount of flies on the coastal section is awful too. I would never consider this hike again. The views of the ocean are ok but there's much better hikes in the Bay Area offering much more scenery and far better views. Bring lots of water as mentioned, there's no shade on this hike at all.

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22 days ago

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24 days ago