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#64 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Wilder Ranch State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Wilder Ranch State Park, California? AllTrails has 25 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 20 moderate trails in Wilder Ranch State Park ranging from 2 to 24.5 miles and from 32 to 1,181 feet 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
Acreage:
110 acres
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
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Top trails (25)
#1 - Old Landing Cove Trail [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 59 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549 Sometimes all you need is an easy stroll by the ocean to refresh your spirits. This track along the Pacific Ocean north of Santa Cruz is one of the best places in California to do just that. You'll see gulls, geese, pelicans and other waterfowl and you might hear the distant bark of passing sea lions. If your timing's right, you might even spot passing whales on their annual migrations. Another bonus: touring the grounds of a farm replete with antique cars, farm machinery and other remnants of farming life along the Pacific in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Wilder family ran a dairy farm on this land from the 1880s to the 1970s. This track is very basic: just start out from the parking lot at the Wilder Ranch State Park visitors center and follow Old Cove Landing Trail along the ocean. Eventually it turns northward again and loops back to where you started. Best time to go: Views of the ocean are more clear in winter and spring; in summer the coast tends to get fogged in. The park is very popular on weekends; a weekday visit will be much more pleasant. December through April is also peak whale migration season.Show more
#2 - Wilder Ridge, Baldwin, Ohlone Bluff and Old Cove Landing Trail [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(213)
Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549Show more
#3 - Pacific to Redwoods Loop [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(119)
Length: 12 mi • Est. 5 h 40 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549 Use extreme caution around the cliffs near the ocean. Dress in layers: it can be very chilly near the ocean and quite warm in the park's higher reaches. The park is very popular on weekends; a weekday visit will be much more pleasant.Show more
#4 - Englesman, Long Meadow, Eucalyptus, Wilder Ridge Loop [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(108)
Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 41 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549Show more
#5 - Englesman Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549Show more
#6 - Enchanted Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 40 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549Show more
#7 - Old Cabin and Twin Oaks Trail [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549Show more
#8 - Wilder Ridge and Zane Gray Cutoff Loop [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(58)
Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549 Great Place to escape bay area heat. Very pleasant with partial shade and a nice breeze.Show more
#9 - Four Mile Beach [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(42)
Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 32 m
Note: As of 8/24/20, Wilder Ranch State Park is closed due to the CZU Lightning Fire Complexes. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549Show more
#10 - Santa Cruz and Capitola Beach Ride [CLOSED]
Wilder Ranch State Park
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Length: 24.5 mi
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show more
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