Wilder Ridge and Zane Gray Cutoff Loop

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Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ridge and Zane Gray Cutoff Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 757 feet Route Type: Loop



wild flowers


no dogs

Great Place to escape bay area heat. Very pleasant with partial shade and a nice breeze.

We really enjoyed it. Some steep hills but overall an easy hike. I liked the views of the hills and of the ocean. Got to walk through rocks, sand and trees. We extended the hike and went to the beach overlook as well.

Loved all the different terrine on this loop. Great views.

Narrow And lots of poison oak on the lower part of the trail. Ticks coming out also.

1 month ago

Hiked: 4/26/2020 We loved this loop! We felt great after and it was a lovely workout but it wasn’t impossible. Wonderful views, intermittent shade. No one was on the trail on Sunday morning- just a few bikers! We did make a wrong turn here or there so make sure to watch your map.

Sat Dec 09 2017

Free parking along PCH

Mon Nov 20 2017

Mon Jul 17 2017

Beware of ticks!!! Especially on back part near fence. Most of the trail was gorgeous. 2miles coming down from ridge by the fence is horrible. Traffic and trash from Granite Rock ruin the vibe. Gorgeous again last 2 miles. Great day of hiking tho.

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