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Old Landing Cove Trail is a 3.7 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 26 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

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. 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.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice and easy trail by the sea. Has a really nice view.

hiking
no shade
9 days ago

Great, short & easy hike with beautiful views, worth it!

hiking
18 days ago

We went and it was closed, there was no where to park very pretty though from what we could see!

hiking
20 days ago

Parking closed parked on side and walked 3 miles until I decided to walk back very nice not crowded

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

This is such a pretty and relaxing walk! We walked it with sandals and that wasn’t the best idea, but there is beach access and we had a nice picnic by the water!

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful easy loop. Saw many seals halfway through and so many places I wanted to stop at and take in the waves crashing against the cliffs. There are a couple of beaches you can access on the later part of the trail before it turns in if you’re going clockwise.

hiking
2 months ago

Saw elephant seals, deer, ground squirrels, and lots of March flowers! Lovely stroll.

hiking
2 months ago

What a very nice trail to see the Santa Cruz rocky canyons and beach! Was amazing views say many birds. Was rainy towards end of hike, but was extra fun. Parked on highway instead of paying 10 dollars. Can’t wait to check out other hikes in area

hiking
bugs
fee
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Easy trail with some flooded and muddy areas, beautiful scenery along the ocean bluffs. Kid-friendly but keep them close and way from the bluffs. No dogs allowed.

walking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hike was in mid April—Beautiful coast and lovely coves with harbor seals pupping! Loved the farm buildings too.

recorded Old Landing Cove Trail

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Beautiful flat scenic walk.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
fee
muddy
no shade
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

excellent views

6 months ago

A nice easy walk with great views and plenty of spots for good pictures.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

View was great but the hike was pretty boring especially at the end of it.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail with beautiful views of the ocean and wild life!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful very simple trail, views will leave you speechless. Take it all in.

recorded Old Landing Cove Trail

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

I would like to recommend to those looking for kids friendly trail. I took us 4.5 hours due to a stop in a nice beach on the route. Kids loved and we're so busy playing with waves and all the gifts the beach may give. We, pearents, had some quality time also. So it's not about hiking only, that is great for families, but more than it.

hiking
no shade
private property
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

The Fern Grotto was amazing and got to watch seals play in their very own water park right after the Fern Grotto Beach! So fun watching the seals!

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