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Pacific to Redwoods Loop is a 12 mile loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking.

Length 12.0 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19. For up to date information, please see the park page here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549 Use extreme caution around the cliffs near the ocean. Dress in layers: it can be very chilly near the ocean and quite warm in the park's higher reaches. The park is very popular on weekends; a weekday visit will be much more pleasant.

Contact the park: 831-423-9703 Parking fees: $10 per carload, but you can park free along Highway One and hike in. Facilities: Park HQ includes bathrooms, running water and a gift shop. Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

Wilder Ranch State Park website http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=549

Use extreme caution around the cliffs near the ocean. Dress in layers: it can be very chilly near the ocean and quite warm in the park's higher reaches. The park is very popular on weekends; a weekday visit will be much more pleasant. Driving directions: The Wilder Ranch is 1.8 miles north of the Western Drive stoplight in Santa Cruz.

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Scott .
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John O'Brien
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Hiking

Beautiful. Didn’t get to finish because the because is closed from 11-5 for covid restrictions. Views are incredible. Cool transition from beach to rolling hills with wildflowers and into the redwoods. Will be back to complete.

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Lakshmi Ramesh
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Stephen Tyler
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Hiking

Solid hike overall. There were a few pretty overgrown sections with a fair amount of thistle and other thorny plants, so I recommend bringing tights/long pants for those areas (although shorts were great for 85-90% of the hike. The elevation change throughout was very manageable as well. I recommend doing the redwoods section in the morning and the beach walk in late morning/early afternoon, so the fog burns off.

Char C.
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beware of ticks within the tall, overgrown grass/plant portion between red woods & beach part of the hike. would recommend going counter clockwise to go through redwoods first and end along/at the beach. very casual and scenic hike! went during covid: got to parking lot around 10AM, and it was full. was able to park along the opposite side of the road not too far from the entrance to the parking kiosk. would recommend getting there a little earlier. as we were leaving around 3pm, there were TONS of people coming in and sooo many cars parked along the road as we were exiting.

Amit Kamath
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Hiking

Hmmm.... To start with Trek only if you are good with reading offline maps or you have the AllTrails app with an AT&T network (T-mobile network goes missing after 6 miles carefull) else I won’t suggest anyone to go for this one. The map saved us today many times. 13 miles hike if you start clockwise initial 6 miles approx would be windy right across the sea and then the actual hike starts across a small tunnel ending up going to the Redwood Forest and then your way back. Impossible to hike this route with a Map you would definitely end up off route. Carry food plus plenty of water. We started at 9:30 and ended at 3:30-3:45 around

Bilal Farooq
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with great views

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Alisa Ongbhaibulya
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Rod G
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Helene M.
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Hiking

Great trail, awesome views, saw a great sunset and got back before it was too dark. Would recommend to anyone.

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Kellen Broemmelsiek
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Hiking

Dry, many horsers and mountain bikers. People are friendly.

Beric Alleyne
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Daniel Mongovin
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Hiking

lots of mountain bikes on trail. be aware if you are a hiker

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Mario Farias
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Hiking

poison oak everywhere. on the bright side the ocean views made it worth it.

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Kimberly Richards
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Hiking

Creds: AllTrails Pro for accurate real time GPS location and miles. 11.6 mi. 1,289’ El Gain. $10 for parking. Started counter clockwise, ~9:am, Friday 4 January. Beautiful weather. Trails in excellent condition. Went from grassy Plato, to redwood forest, to incredibly gorgeous hike along the coast. Had no idea how beautiful coast line was! (See pictures) Highly recommend

Jordan Fray
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Mountain biking

The coastal part is great. Poor signage but otherwise very beautiful. You’ll have to use the map to see where you are so you don’t get lost.

Adrian Adrian Corduneanu
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Mountain biking

I have mountain biked on the upper portion of this trail (expect the ocean part). The western side of the trail, Baldwin Loop, was unmaintained. The grass was as tall as myself, and covered everything -- you could barely see the trail. At some point, the grass turned into thisle, also as tall as myself! I had to unmount and carefully walk through all that thisle, but it was actually impossible to not get scratched. Also, since you are basically touching the grass with all your body, you will be full of ticks after. You cannot avoid them. I do not recommend going on the western side of the loop. Technically it is not a hard trail, but plowing through tall grass full of ticks is no fun. The eastern side of the trail is much better. At some point you do cross another grass field, but the grass is not taller than knee high, and there is some room so that you can avoid touching the grass.

Lavanya Santhosh
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Awesome hike

Michael Simpson
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Hiking

Great coastal walk and serene walk through the redwoods.

Nabeel Ahmed
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Tony Messina
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Cool hike, but definitely come prepared. There are almost no signs for the ocean portion of the trail; without the alltrail app, I’d say it’s impossible to know the way. Also, there were TONS of ticks. I found 7 on me. Make sure to bring bug spray, and check yourself periodically. Last, bring sunscreen....very little shade on this one.

Guillaume Peronnet
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Great trail. Not hard at all. Lots of bike traffic in the first part. Long hike along the coast to finish. Very scenic. Beautiful views over the various beaches. We saw dolphins, whales, seals ... and surfers.

kayla bennett
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Hiking

This was a beautiful trail! I wouldn't rate it as difficult, it's more like moderate. It seems to be more like a biker trail. I didn't see too many hikers. It wasn't too much of a problem, we just had to step aside from time to time. There were two reasons I took away a star. #1 it's not really a trail with trail markers. You are basically hoping from trail to trail. But all trails gps thing SAVED US! #blessed #2 it's pretty long. There are a couple of points where you will wonder "when does this trail end!" But it's not too bad at the end of the day. Don't let this discourage you. If you have the AllTrails app and are mentally and physically prepared then you will do just fine and enjoy a beautiful/diverse hike ! :)

Ross Highland
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Hiking

Views all day long . Worth every step

Rigo Aguilar
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Hiking

I love enjoying the open air at the edge of the ocean. This was my first time at this trail. Me and my wife hike the 12 mile loop, the next time we would do biking. It's a really nice trail but not as hard as I though. The views at the ocean compensates the whole loop!!

Jennifer Balboni
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Love this hike -- beach bluffs, Redwoods, hills -- so much variety! And loads of wildlife. Yesterday we spotted red tailed hawks, wild turkeys, deer, lizards, foxes, squirrels, banana slugs, otter, sea lions, seals and surfers!

Jennifer Balboni
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Such a gorgeous and varied hikes - oceans, Redwoods, stunning views. This hike has it all! Only 3 mountain bikes and about 6 other hikers encountered on this weekday hike. Loved it!!! Moderate terrain not hard.

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