Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail

MODERATE 61 reviews
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Wilder Ranch State Park Loop Trail is a 20.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Cruz, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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
20.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2700 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Ohlone Bluffs Trail in Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz, CA.

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4 months ago

This is my favorite place to hike in Santa Cruz. There are a lot of trails, but the best is taking Baldwin Trail to the Enchanted Loop (a fairy tail-esque forest). On the way back down you'll get breathtaking views of the sparkling Pacific. It's about 5.4 miles round trip and there's an option to take a steeper trail up to Enchanted Loop, so you get a good workout. The only downside is that the trails are not well marked and you can turn a 2 hour hike into a 4 hour hike if you're not careful.

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike - the canopied forest of the Enchanted Loop, as well as the view of the ocean on the way down are amazing. Definitely bring water and use sunscreen and bug spray. The only downside is that signage is not super clear.

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It's beautiful the view is breathtaking. Only issue the trails are not clear very easily you could get lost

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6 months ago

Nice views. I did a smaller loop but still a nice hike. Pretty sunny day, so I probably should've gone earlier but still super nice. Most of the trail os wide enough, just keep an eye out for bikers on the narrower parts. :)

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