Old Landing Cove Trail

MODERATE 80 reviews
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Old Landing Cove Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
141 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

sea kayaking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

over grown

washed out

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.

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8 days ago

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.

walking
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12 days ago

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
12 days ago

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

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walking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

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