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Wilder Ranch State Park

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Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Activities: Hiking, Biking

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Hike from the Ocean to the Redwoods

Wilder Ranch State Park has something for everyone: hikers, bicyclists, runners, photographers, artists, birders, whale watchers, and those interested in the history of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Wilder Ranch State Park has something for everyone: hikers, bicyclists, runners, photographers, artists, birders, whale watchers, and those interested in the history of the Central California Coast. On the ocean side are trails that wind around cliffs as well as a visitor center and farm. On the other side of Highway 1 are trails that start in Coastal grassland and... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

It's up and down hills, bucolic, filled with barns and other buildings, passing a horse boarding place, just a lovely place and the bike trail is off the road but not a mountain biking kind of path.

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Capitola, California
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164 reviews 164 reviews
68 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Wilder Ranch is a treasure. You can easily ride your bike to Wilder from the West Cliff Drive area - follow the bike trail that parallels the freeway, it ends at Wilder. Lots of mountain bike trails from really hard to easy, hiking is great and there is a cool display of old farm machinery. Take a picnic, there are... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Don't miss this jewel of a state park. There are historical interpreters who volunteer to share their areas of interest with you. Wild flower walks and birding walks. The coast trail is a good place to ride a bicycle with young ones. If you are into big mountains and lots of challenging single track there is more than enough to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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105 reviews 105 reviews
19 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I have visited Wilder several times over the years, and find it great for a mixed family group. Some went and hit the trails on their bicycles, and one went running with a local running group. I went along the cliff trail and watched the birds. We had to Set a time to meet back at the car because there... More 

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Seal Beach, SO CA USA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
7 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Oh, this is one of those places that I am happy the State of CA made into a State Park. Mountain bike & hiking trails everywhere, from along the coastline looking right down on the rugged coves, to high up into the hills above the coast! Just beautiful!

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Santa Cruz, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We never fail to return from a visit to Wilder Ranch without feeling more peaceful and connected. Walking out to the cliffs or exploring the barns, small museum and gift shop transports us to a different world and time. Be sure to support your local parks and drive in to the park (not on the highway). It's a small price... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a nice little green patch that used to be a family ranch. Luckily, some very generous people have donated this site to be used for the public's enjoyment! Thank you whomever you are! We did find the trail signs a bit confusing/lacking but to be honest we had parked out on the road and walked in so we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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206 reviews 206 reviews
57 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a must do ! Whether you're a novice hiker or an extreme one - this place is to fall in love with ! We have always come towards the end of the day - around 3pm to avoid the major crowds or the parking dilemma. If you go early pay park inside the grounds but its limited. If... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Hi, I absoultely love this place!! This is an amazing place to go for a hike!! One of my favorites!! Bring some water, and a camera cool pics of the view from the top!! It's like being on top of the world!! I promise you'll love it!!

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