Old Landing Cove Trail

MODERATE 131 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
88 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.

hiking
15 days ago

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

1 month ago

Great view. good for birding

1 month ago

I like the cliffs and birds there

hiking
1 month ago

Easy day hike with a great view of the ocean.

walking
3 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.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike!

4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

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

6 months 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.

6 months 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
6 months ago

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

walking
6 months 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
6 months 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

7 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

A nice stroll on the bluffs!

hiking
11 months ago

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.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Easy and lots to see!

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

great views and close to the boardwalk if you're on a day trip from the bay.

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