Wilder Ridge Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
#5 of 17 trails in

Wilder Ridge Trail is a 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.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
849 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
7 days ago

mountain biking
14 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Good uphill climb counter-clockwise. Recommend not doing the full loop, after passing the enchanted loop turnoff, the trail is covered in poison oak for about a mile and half...not very enjoyable. We went on a cloudy day, so the view wasn't anything, but could see how on a clear day, it would be pretty.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

My favorite hike in the bay area. I like the mix of mountain and sea elements and the diversity of runners, walkers and mountain bikers. Something for everyone.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Ideal place to mountain biking where you can oversee the ocean . Parking at wilder ranch parking lot , walking through historic farm houses and tunnel under highway 1, then you are on the trail north of highway 1. It takes 40 minutes before you can get in the shades in hills , so prepare hat and enough water are essential .

mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Highly unmaintained at this time of the year. Full of bugs and horse waste. Will try it again in Spring.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous loop! The full loop is a little overgrown on the back end along the fence, so be prepared for poison oak and thistles if you decide to do the full loop, otherwise the Zane Gray shortcut is lovely! Be prepared for a steep incline either way!

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked this trail in early April. The wildflowers are gorgeous, and this trail gives you everything, meadows, ocean views, wooded areas. The downside was that it wasn't very well marked. We got lost a few times. However, we would certainly hike it again, now that we are more familiar with it!

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Green open grass land wide trails beautiful area. We got a little lost because one of the markers fell over. So our loop was a little under 6 miles. By the way, access to trail is through the preserve ranch area in the back and through a tunnel. A few folks got lost and kept going. No sign that mentions this ...

9 months ago

9 months ago