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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.

Such an awesome hike! We hit the trail around 6:30 am and saw a ton of wildlife: deer, a coyote, snakes, lizards, hares, and all sorts of birds. We definitely preferred the upper part of the trail rather than the coastal side. By the time we crossed Highway 1 it was a lot warmer and there were more people and bikes. I would definitely recommend the Ridge Trail if you're into wildlife and sweeping vistas, and Ohlone Bluffs if you're more into wildflowers and cliff side views of the ocean.

Gorgeous loop! The full loop is a little overgrown on the back end along the fence, so be prepared for poison oak and thistles if you decide to do the full loop, otherwise the Zane Gray shortcut is lovely! Be prepared for a steep incline either way!

Beautiful the whole way through, even on the most miserable of days. Not flat but very gentle, minimal elevation changes. Lots of bunnies...and bunny poop.

11 days ago

We hiked this trail in early April. The wildflowers are gorgeous, and this trail gives you everything, meadows, ocean views, wooded areas. The downside was that it wasn't very well marked. We got lost a few times. However, we would certainly hike it again, now that we are more familiar with it!

Easy trail with lovely views of the ocean. Saw a bunch of sunbathing seals along the way. Was extremely muddy in some areas due to recent rains.

11 days ago

Coastal trail. Loved the ravaging ocean waves slashing up the mountain rocks

15 days ago

It's beautiful the view is breathtaking. Only issue the trails are not clear very easily you could get lost

Nice views. I did a smaller loop but still a nice hike. Pretty sunny day, so I probably should've gone earlier but still super nice. Most of the trail os wide enough, just keep an eye out for bikers on the narrower parts. :)