Old Landing Cove Trail

MODERATE 118 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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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.

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Beautiful hike!

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

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