Wilder Ranch State Park

Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz: Address, Phone Number, Wilder Ranch State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Wilder Ranch State Park
4.5
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Ebbe5
Phoenix, AZ141 contributions
Spectacular Walk
May 2021 • Couples
We walked the Old Landing Cove Trail and it was just beautiful. We walked from the top of cliffs down to the water. The views of the ocean are amazing. We also saw lots of lounging CA sea lions and their pups plus geese and their goslings. So many birds flying and a whole little island of cormorants hanging out. It was an excellent walk to see a rugged CA coastline at it's best. Highly recommend this to everyone.
Written 12 May 2021
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jaseaton
Silver Spring, MD2,263 contributions
Spectacular and Windswept
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Pre-Covid, we’ve been coming out to Santa Cruz every Xmas thru New Years to visit our kids and grandkids, and a hike along the Wilder Ranch trail has been a regular part of the experience. This year, we held off until late April when everyone could get vaccinated, so this was our first time visiting when all the plants are in flower. Great cliffs and coastal surf crashing against the rocks as always. Ditto, the seals and shore birds. Wild, windswept and bracingly beautiful!
Written 29 April 2021
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merb00
Maui, HI30 contributions
A Wonderful Day Trip
Mar. 2021
We spent a morning (family of 5, young kids, + grandparents) and walked the 2.3 mile loop. All the beaches are wildlife preserves and we watched seals playing on several. After our walk we went to the Cultural Preserve of the original ranch and saw the animals, succulent forts, and awesome climbing trees.
Written 1 April 2021
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heckfy
Pleasanton, California1,200 contributions
Plan for the tidal pools!
Feb. 2021
Besides regular views and beaches this place has great tidal pools, so if you plan to be there around low tide time (check the tide schedule!) you might be able to walk the beach and see some sea life exposed.
Written 1 March 2021
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Hkbrown
Santa Cruz, CA20 contributions
Anniversary bike ride 6.3 mile of ocean bluffs
Oct. 2020 • Couples
Altho the wildflowers were gone in mid October, the agriculture was a pleasant surprise along the coastal trail. The trail becomes confusing at the railroad tracks. Ride alongside the tracks approx 1/4 mile-1/2 mile to find the path back to the coastal bluff. We questioned if we were trespassing on farmland to get back to the bluff but it is a part of the trail. Wonderful afternoon ride from the ranch to 4 mile beach and back.
Written 16 October 2020
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Michael K
656 contributions
Dramatic views of the California coastline
Sep. 2020
For serious hikers, there are miles of trails rated moderate to difficult north of Hwy 1 in the park. But for scenery, the Old Cove Landing Trail which is rated easy is hard to beat. It is south of Hwy 1 in the park and hugs the coastline, providing dramatic views of the ocean. Don't miss the Fern Gully Beach which offers a nice detour along the way. It is not unusual to have fog in the morning but it usually dissipates by noon.
Written 1 October 2020
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Lhamlin
Columbus, OH1,013 contributions
Stunning Views of the Pacific
Jun. 2020 • Friends
Spectacular walk along the stunning Pacific Coast. A must see! Sheer cliffs & crashing waves make this very picturesque. There are also opportunities to see seals but they weren’t out this day. A pretty good hike so not for those unable to walk. Also, the rocky open ledges can be treacherous for children so be mindful. Take a camera!
Written 8 June 2020
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GintamaZ
California2,736 contributions
Escape from the nuzzling crowd at boardwalk
May 2020 • Family
I hope they would keep the park natural and pristine like as is.

It is my therapeutic get away . It is only less than an hour from Bay Area.
Written 7 May 2020
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kentgwashburn
Santa Cruz, CA46 contributions
So many choices of excellent trails and views
Feb. 2020
We go to Wilder about 8/x per year now and have been for a decade. Total visits to Wilder must be about 150 over the years!

The ocean bluff trails have very little up and down and are shared by walkers and the more courteous type of cyclists. The pounding of the waves, the cries of birds, and scattered sandy beaches where you and a chair and a book can just relax with little company most days.

The old ranch roads climb through open fields away from the coast, a bit steeply here and there, but they yield stunning Monterey Bay vistas on sunny days, esp. when descending. Most cyclists courteous, but there are rude and careless exceptions to watch out for!

Forest trails will take you through manzanita, chaparral, oaks, pines and redwoods depending on which one you pick. Poison oak vigilance advised, but trails are normally well maintained.

The old ranch buildings have nice exhibits from the days Wilder was a working farm.

Coastal walking trails suitable for the elderly and young kids, but can be muddy in winter.

If you are a tourist and will be leaving your possessions in the car, do NOT park along Hwy 1 and walk in. Car burglars are sometimes active on this stretch of Hwy. Instead tourists advised to pay day use fee and park in the paved lot not far from staff housing and entry kiosk.

Our most recent visit was couples, but we’ve taken parents, children, grandchildren, visitors, friends and relatives. Some beautiful sunsets, fog permitting!
Written 5 March 2020
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woodybsafe
10 contributions
Beautiful Well Maintained Trail System
Jan. 2020
We took the trail system above the park to get views of the bay. Really nice trail system and fantastic views. The trails to the ocean are pretty busy on weekends so go early. Probably one of the better trails close to Santa Cruz. Try this once but explore other trails in the area as well.
Written 5 February 2020
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