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.

Length6.2 miElevation gain757 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Great Place to escape bay area heat. Very pleasant with partial shade and a nice breeze.

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Caroline Reed
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Best hike yet! So beautiful! Ocean views as well as forest. Cool historical spot. Will definitely be back to explore more!!

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Travis Perry
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If I could give it more stars I would. Staff was amazing and the views incredible!

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Matthew Monteleone
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AllTrails User
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Andrew Michaud
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Hiking

Nice trail.. views of the ocean are pretty. A lot of burnt vegetation trying to grow back. It will be great during spring time.

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Derek Swan
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Great weather, trails in good condition(not to wet), hardly anyone out there

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AllTrails User
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Old Xiao
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Dawn Page
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HikingOver grown

The wilder ridge part of this loop is nice, although there were a lot of cyclists and nobody wearing face coverings. The Zane grey portion is overgrown with grass and poison oak as others have mentioned. The biggest issue is that this open space backs a quarry and a landfill. The noise of construction equipment will make 3 miles of this loop sound like downtown SF if you go on a weekday.

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Heather Hillard
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Gradual hills, oaky, somewhat exposed, nice views!

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am c
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Peaceful hike and a nice lunch spot with picnic table and a view!

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Ashley Fiance
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Decently easy hike, though the elevation gain is all in the first 1/3 or so. Mostly in open sun. Nice ocean view from the lookout point. Zane Grey and the lower part of Wilder Ridge are narrow trails that grass hangs out into, so watch out for ticks.

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Melinda DiGiacomo
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Beautiful views from the top. Good workout to get there too. Really enjoyed the whole thing. Lots of mountain bikers.

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Patrick MURPHY
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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.

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Mary Ann Frank
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Loved all the different terrine on this loop. Great views.

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

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Sash Mullins
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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.

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Lana W
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Free parking along PCH

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Tina Engel
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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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Hiram Lozano
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Joann Willis
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Craig Goldstein
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지운 윤
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Westley Tusa
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Jeff Liang
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Nhu Ho
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Helene Deng
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Larry De Young
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Luke Zheng
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Adi Navale
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