Old Landing Cove Trail

EASY 197 reviews
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Old Landing Cove Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly 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
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
85 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

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
4 days ago

Beautiful easy “hike”. Really a walk. Gorgeous secluded beaches. Entertaining sea lion colony. Well worth it.

hiking
12 days ago

I go on this hike every time I'm in Santa Cruz. The views are amazing and the hike is easy. Only bummer is that it can sometimes be pretty windy.

26 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! If you go down to the beaches with access points from the trail make sure and check out the caves. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views! However I recommend parking on the highway because parking costs $10. Dogs aren’t allowed on the property. There are signs warning of mountain lions. We didn’t see any of them, but we saw three different mounds of feces that clearly belonged to a mountain lion.

hiking
4 months ago

FAVORITE. Surely breathtaking views! It’s an easy trail, but let’s just enjoy the views.

hiking
5 months ago

An easy trail - well worn and wide. Mainly overlooking cliffs, but there are a few spots where you can easily descend to a beach. As far as California coastline goes, the views aren't spectacular but just okay. Seems like a nice couples or family outdoor time kind of place.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike with great access to the ocean. Could easily push a jogging stroller on this trail. Busy but not overcrowded. Limited parking on site.

hiking
5 months ago

Stunning sights, a nice walk with a few stopping points for who wants to read or just take a break.
Was very windy the day I went. Also very busy.
Awesome wildlife sightings (birds and sea mammals).
There’s a $10 fee to park if you go all the way to the Park itself - park on the road right before it if you can!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! Wonderful scenery. My only complaint is that the trail is not moderate, it is very easy.

walking
6 months ago

Breathtaking views

trail running
6 months ago

Really beautiful path along the cliffs and nearby agricultural area.

walking
6 months ago

Good walk. Beautiful ocean and marine wildlife views. It’s an easy walk. Not sure why it’s rated ‘moderate’.

hiking
7 months ago

Free Parking along PCH! Beautiful hike! Bring a jacket? Nice chill air!

8 months ago

Great view. good for birding

8 months ago

I like the cliffs and birds there

hiking
9 months ago

Easy day hike with a great view of the ocean.

walking
10 months ago

There is a 10 dollar fee to enter this ranch. But its worth taking the walk on this scenic walk along the coastal line. You see blue green waters, curious sea lions that come take a look at you and crazy long plankton that dances to the waves. In between these cliffs you see small beaches that are venice style. Go for it.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike!

11 months ago

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

walking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

walking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

This trail was so beautiful. The many views of ocean coves and cliffs were enchanting. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

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

walking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great nature walk. Mostly flat. Lots of wildflowers, birds, bunnies. Saw a coyote when I was almost back to my car (parked on HWY 1)! That was pretty awesome :).

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Love this trail. It's very easy to hike around and a nice place for family activities. You can hike down to beach and enjoy the magnificent scene

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beautiful scenery, quite flat walking path. Awesome views of the cliffs and ocean. Lots of wildlife. A little long for young kids to walk the whole way, but a good family walking path overall.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

A nice stroll on the bluffs!

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

Love the shit out this trail. Great views of the ocean and country side in every direction you blaze. Watch out fer Rattlesnakes and Mountain Lions.

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