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Best trails in Wilder Ranch State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Wilder Ranch State Park, California? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Wilder Ranch State Park ranging from 3.2 to 39.4 km and from 10 to 360 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Situated just west of Santa Cruz along the coast, Wilder Ranch State Park boasts miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The coastal trails offer incredible views of the California coastline. The park has a very mild climate, but layered clothing is advised.

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Map of trails in Wilder Ranch State Park
Park information
Area:
45 hectares
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
831-423-9703
Helpful links
Top trails (24)
#1 - Old Landing Cove Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 3.7 km • Est. 59 m
As of May 2020, users have reported the trailhead parking lot a temporary closure due to COVID-19. It is thus only accessible by foot or bike. Please see the park's website for up to date information:Show more
#2 - Wilder Ridge, Baldwin, Ohlone Bluff and Old Cove Landing Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 16.3 km • Est. 4 h 40 m
Wilder Ridge, Baldwin, Ohlone Bluff and Old Cove Landing Trail is a 16.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rateShow more
#3 - Pacific to Redwoods Loop
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 19.3 km • Est. 5 h 40 m
Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19. For up to date information, please see the park page here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549 Use extreme caution around Show more
#4 - Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus, Wilder Ridge Loop
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 15.4 km • Est. 4 h 41 m
Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus, Wilder Ridge Loop is a 15.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as modeShow more
#5 - Enchanted Loop Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 2 h 40 m
Enchanted Loop Trail is a 8.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number ofShow more
#6 - Englesman Loop Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 7.2 km • Est. 2 h 10 m
Englesman Loop Trail is a 7.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used Show more
#7 - Wilder Ridge and Zane Gray Cutoff Loop
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 10.0 km • Est. 3 h
Great Place to escape bay area heat. Very pleasant with partial shade and a nice breeze.Show more
#8 - Old Cabin and Twin Oaks Trail
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 10.8 km • Est. 3 h 20 m
Old Cabin and Twin Oaks Trail is a 10.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#9 - Four Mile Beach
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 1.9 km • Est. 32 m
Four Mile Beach is a 1.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Cruz, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#10 - Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach Ride
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 39.4 km
Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach Ride is a 39.4 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usShow more
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