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

Length12 miElevation gain1243 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingRunningViewsWild flowersWildlifeNo dogs
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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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Eduardo Hermosillo
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Hiking

very nice trail with beautiful views! it's rated at hard but I'd say it's moderate at best

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Family Klem .
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Jimmy P
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HikingGreat!

Ocean to redwoods. Coastal grasses to ferns. This is a great trail even though you have to cross the highway. 10:10. Car Cross under the highway 10:48. Twin oaks sign 11:10 sign enchanted loop 12:25. Cross highway Kinda confusing signs saying private farm operations 1:15 Car

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jeff pilar
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Brian Dunaway
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Hiking

Super fun! I ran it.

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Sudharsana Srinivasan
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Michael Beller
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Walking

Really great to go from redwood's to the beach

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Jason Pasalis
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Hiking

I've been to Wilder Ranch many times but this is my first time doing this loop. I took a couple side trails and made it 12 miles without doing a lot of the heavily trafficked coastal trail. For any newbies, you'll probably want to go along the coast, awesome views and wildlife. It was overcast and foggy today, on a hot clear day there would be a lot of sun with some tree cover inland.

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Noreen Boguiren
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Kevin Friesen
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In theory, at least, I was going to do the redwoods to pacific loop, going counter clockwise to enjoy the beaches and cliffs last, but as happens more often, I got off the trail, at the farmhouse, ended up on the engelsmans loop to long meadows to chinquapin, before finally getting back on track on the eucalyptus loop. It’s always a added adventure when I get off track, lol. Lots of beautiful meadows, ancient oak groves, fir and redwoods, you get the whole coastal range menu when you do the whole wilder ranch loop. Cottontails, turkeys, and butterflies made up most the wildlife seen, except for the harbor seals along the cliffs. The enchanted loop was absolutely beautiful with the wood sorrel carpeting the ground through the redwoods and firs. Sad to see the decline of the tanbark oaks from disease and borers, devastating in some areas. A few monkey flowers and California poppies as you head towards the coast. Definitely as in reviews posted the Baldwin loop is a little overgrown, nettles, blackberry, poison oak and coyote bush mainly, the white alders along the creek running down to highway 1 were cool. The park has kept up with graffiti artists in both tunnels. And of course the hike along the cliffs was amazing!! Not too many people until you get closer to the main parking lot, surfers all along the way. Most people throughout were great about wearing masks social distancing, just on the short trail towards the end, some just don’t get it. Lots of bicyclists, especially on the upper trails. Everyone was very courteous, definitely some challenging bike trails, with some rewards of some great down hill runs too. A trail fir all season. Definitely coming back... I might even stay on track next time! Lol now off to humble sea brewery and Woodstocks pizza to fill up on some carbs, after a extra long beautiful hike.

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Scott .
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John O'Brien
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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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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.

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Amit Kamath
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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

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

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

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Kimberly Richards
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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

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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.

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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.

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Lavanya Santhosh
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Awesome hike

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Michael Simpson
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Hiking

Great coastal walk and serene walk through the redwoods.

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