Wilder Ranch Bike/Pedestrian Path

Wilder Ranch State Park, California

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain230ft
Trailhead Elevation88ft
Top117ft
Elevation Min/Max35/117ft
Elevation Start/End88/88ft

Wilder Ranch Bike/Pedestrian Path

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."

"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."

"Coastal bluff trails to a fern cave at sea level on the beach"

"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."

Wilder Ranch Bike/Pedestrian Path Reviews

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7/25/2009
Beautiful area . Greate views. Will definitley return.
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1/19/2009
An enjoyable route - some good single track on Wilder Ranch trail and later on Old Cabin Trail. Eucalyptus and Engelsman are fairly dull fire tracks but you can get some good downhill speed. Great sunset spot at the top of the Eucalyptus trail - good for snack and rest and to watch the spectacular color show on offer just before sunset on a clear day. Fun but not necessarily one of the best for the south Bay.
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8/9/2001
Awesome trails at this preserve. The area is also very beautiful, with a wonderful view of the bay from different elevations. There is a semi-streneous climb, but returning is a "fast blast." A small amount of single track (reason for 3 stars), but well worth the trip... to ride.
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5/21/2001
Great ride. Good mix of shaded areas when it's hot plus some open plains with great views. Some good vistas overlooking the sea. Just beware of the trail marked "Baldwin". The last time I was on it, there were lots of weeds / brush fallen across the trail. It was just a front-shocks tester like going over railroad tracks. A bad way to spend your downhill.
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10/21/2000
Wide variety of trails with lots of good climbs. Ride through meadows with great ocean views, or spin under redwood trees and across steams. Some trails become unrideable after heavy rains. Can be crowded on weekends.
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Sep 2018