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Wilder Ranch State Park

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Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 8314239703
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The cliff walk at Wilder Ranch is excellent. Great views, good length (about 1.3 miles each way, about an hour or a bit more), and good people on the trail.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cliff walk at Wilder Ranch is excellent. Great views, good length (about 1.3 miles each way, about an hour or a bit more), and good people on the trail.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great state park to visit. Plan to spend a minimum of 2 to 3 hours even for a simple hike. The park has many trails and 7 of them are actually loops. Among them the easiest is Old Cove Landing Trail. It's 2.3 miles round trip and takes you thru beautiful scenic views of the ocean, cliffs,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting Santa Cruz, I often opt to stay at the Mission Inn which puts me in a great location for riding my mtbike out to the trails at Wilder. Never met an unpleasant or unhappy-looking person out there! Trails are abundant, diverse, and great! It's not downhill singletrack... but it's great cross-country with a bit of technical in places.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While waiting for my son we decided to visit this area. I was amazed at how beautiful this place is. Walking here with the beautiful view of the sea although it was hazy that day was all good. You have to bring a sweater even in the summer heat because it gets chilly and windy in the afternoon.

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Thank angel1SoCal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with friends celebrating 40th birthday. The park trail is easy and long so get good walking shoes. Has good views but not great. If coming with kids though it's best to bring bikes. The only exciting thing that we did was followed few hikers to not marked trail that led to a tiny beach. That was pretty cool... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

MUST do the bluff hike. Bring a jacket. Easy so Good for kids. We saw birds nesting in the cliff, walked down to fern grotto and great view of Harbor Seals lounging. I've been told on a clear day you can see migrating whales. It was foggy. The hikes you catch by the cultural preserve area are strenuous. Not good... More 

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

This is an old Dairy Farm that has been restored. You can walk the premises and check out how people used to live. However, the majority of people who come to the park are mountain biking. There are trails all around and it is quite popular.

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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Wilder Ranch for a walk along the beautiful cliffs about 5 miles to the north of Santa Cruz. Wilder seems to be most popular with the biking crowd, but they also seem to be the ones who avoid the entry/parking fee by parking along the highway outside the park. We say, it’s good to support your state... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This park is a bit stark, with minimal facilities--one restroom near the entrance, and no hand washing facilities. There is only one bench along the trail, but it is close to the beginning. Enjoyed the views of the beach, and many seals sunning themselves on the rocks. The wind is blustery, so come prepared. The trail is fairly wide and... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We spent a lovely afternoon there walking around, enjoying the flora and fauna, and taking in the views. It's pretty extraordinary. It looked like some people had thrown garbage out of their cars onto the park, so my friend and I collected a ton of it and threw it out. Good Samaritan deed for the day. :)

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