nature trips



wild flowers

mountain biking


no dogs

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.

Nice hike not hard at all. this hike any one can do. But the best part of this hike the whales. feel in love

This trail does not seem to exist any more, at least from Smith Grade Rd. We tried very hard to find the trail head and could not.

on Old Landing Cove Trail

12 days ago

17 days ago

This is my favorite place to hike in Santa Cruz. There are a lot of trails, but the best is taking Baldwin Trail to the Enchanted Loop (a fairy tail-esque forest). On the way back down you'll get breathtaking views of the sparkling Pacific. It's about 5.4 miles round trip and there's an option to take a steeper trail up to Enchanted Loop, so you get a good workout. The only downside is that the trails are not well marked and you can turn a 2 hour hike into a 4 hour hike if you're not careful.

Beautiful hike - the canopied forest of the Enchanted Loop, as well as the view of the ocean on the way down are amazing. Definitely bring water and use sunscreen and bug spray. The only downside is that signage is not super clear.

20 days ago

Fun little train to walk, awesome views of the water and places to stop along the way. Also a real sealtropolis