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Wilder Ranch State Park

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Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Great hike

Beautiful scenery, nature at its absolute finest. The actual "ranch" however is a disappointment unfortunately.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Natalie K
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful scenery, nature at its absolute finest. The actual "ranch" however is a disappointment unfortunately.

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Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My son took us here - the views are stunning and we loved that it's undeveloped and we were able to see the California coastline at it's finest and wildest!

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Thank judyv637
Santa Cruz, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We're locals. We love to walk the coast trail along the cliffs (about 2.5 very easy miles) watching the surf, the cliffs, and the birds. Trails can get a bit soupy during the rainy season (Nov-Apr), but are usually passable. Younger folks can access the beautiful and isolated beaches. There are lots of hiking trails extending from Rte 1 up... More 

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Thank JimBrown
Minneapolis
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice hiking trails along the beach cliffs with great views as well as inland walks. Good for bird watching. Drinking water and facilities.

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is best when you need time for yourself, peaceful place. Not much crowd usually at any point of the year, beautiful cliff view of the wide ocean, excellent landscape. You get to see otters, seals occasionally. You can walk, jog or bike in this place along the coast.

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Thank Narasimha B
Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going out here, riding my bike along the cliffside and stop somewhere along the way at a beach to relax. This is a great place to come either via car or bike. If you come from Santa Cruz you can get here by a trail that runs parallel to highway 1. I definitely recommend this area for anyone... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been here many times...in all kinds of weather. With groups, my kids, on my own and as another local Park and Recreation employee. It's a must see. Bring your bikes too. You can ride or hike along the coast, visit the historic buildings or just sit and relax. Wilder Ranch is also a destination point for the local walking... More 

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Aptos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the beautiful views of the beaches that are left just for the local wild life and birds. There were some beaches that people were welcome to visit too. Wish they had a dog-on-leash policy instead of NO DOGS ALLOWED.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I have been living in Santa Cruz for more than 9 mounths and I'm sure that this is the bet place to visit. Be prepared to hike for about 20 minutes to get to the ocean, you can bing some food for picknick!

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Wilder Ranch is a not so hidden gem in Santa Cruz. The ranch stretches from the Ocean to the Redwoods with miles of great bike trails and views that will take your breath away. The real gem of this state park is the farm house and the various out buildings at the ranch site. Throughout the year they hold various... More 

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