Wilder Ranch Bike/Pedestrian Path is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Cruz, California. It is within Wilder Ranch State Park, Moore Creek Upland Open Space Preserve, and Wilder Dairy Cultural Preserve. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 88 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 230 feet. The Bike Parking bicycle parking is near the trailhead. There is also a tree. Along the trail there are restrooms.
Wilder Ranch Bike/Pedestrian Path Professional Reviews and Guides
"Single-track trails through forests and across meadows and numerous stream crossings give Wilder Ranch State Park a variety rarely found in mountain biking. Formerly an operating ranch, it is now a state park and cultural preserve. The ranch buildings are set up as museums and they give the visitor a sense of what life was like here in times past."
--Conrad Boisvert, Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications).
"Wilder Ranch State Park is a mountain biking playground. The park runs from the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, a 1,800-foot drop in elevation. Here you will find miles of singletrack weaving in and out of thick redwoods and along grass-covered hillsides. Dirt roads add to the network, providing more than 35 miles of multiuse trails from which to choose. There are trails for all abilities, from the flat Old Cove Landing Trail for beginners to the Enchanted Loop for advanced riders. All this with a backdrop view of the coast. Trail surface: 75 percent dirt road and 25 percent singletrack, with option for 65 percent singletrack loop."
--Lorene Jackson, Mountain Biking the San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
"Coastal bluff trails to a fern cave at sea level on the beach"
--Laure Latham, Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books).
"Wilder Ranch is a favorite with Regional mountain bikers, well worth the hour or so drive from the Bay Area. Located on Santa Cruz's northwest border, the Wilder Ranch State Park and Cultural Preserve is considered to be the local version of a mountain bike park. Nestled within Wilder's 3,900 acres are 28 miles of roller-coaster fire roads, twisting and technical singletrack, water crossings, rockbeds, loose and steep climbs and descents; just about everything the fat-tire heart desires. And thanks to the tireless efforts of the local mountain biking community, it's all legal."
--Delaine Fragnoli & Robin Stuart, Mountain Biking Northern California's Best 100 Trails (Fine Edge Productions).
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