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Wilder Ranch State Park

1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
+1 831-423-9703
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Beautiful, easy hike with coastal views

The walk along the cliffs by the beach is lovely and with little incline. You can go as far as you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
biarritz99
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San Diego, California
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Great state park for an ocean view walk or an inland bike ride.

Enjoy a walk in a CA state park along the ocean or ride a bike on multiple inland trails. Fee for... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Wowfortrips
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Santa Cruz, California
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“farm animals” (7 reviews)
“fern grotto” (5 reviews)
“poison oak” (6 reviews)
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1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
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"fern grotto"
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"draft horses"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The walk along the cliffs by the beach is lovely and with little incline. You can go as far as you like and then return the way you came. Spotted lots of guillemots and seals from the cliffs.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Enjoy a walk in a CA state park along the ocean or ride a bike on multiple inland trails. Fee for parking inside park. Special events at the park include historical costumes, games for kids, whole family historical interpretation events.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

With 34 miles of trails to choose from you can script the ride you desire from the beautiful ocean front trails, to more challenging non-technical fire trails, and a wide range of more technical single track experiences. This is a gem. Please remember to yield...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We read so much about this park so we’re excited to go. There is so much potential here, but not well done. Heard they had an old farm with equipment and animals. Almost everything was closed or said do not enter. Nothing was labeled to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Historic farm near the ocean and parking is cool and the trails go for miles - up the hills all the way to the edge of the UC campus. Mostly dirt roads with some fun single-track.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

This was a nice walk along the coast. The way is petty easy to navigate. The trails aren’t well marked but it is hard to get lost. There are no trees so it is expensive exposed. There are hidden coves along the way. Worth the...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

The cliff and beach views were spectacular! You can use the day pass to visit other state parks in the area.

Thank DarrinlDavis
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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We took a stroll along the coast after visiting Wilder ranch. It's a very cute little spot to see with family. Not much to do but the hike along the ocean is totally worth it.

Thank MimiWahinee
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I love coming to the Wilder Family Ranch any time of the year. For me it's a step back into the lives of early Santa Cruz. I love imagining what life for this family must have been like. Bring your camers. there's lots of great...More

Thank Libi K
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

The barn is a great place for a picnic. We did the small trail to the cliff with our two kids of 3 and 6. Flat and easy for them

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Connie G
30 April 2017|
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Response from Valerie H | Reviewed this property |
parking is 10 dollars and it is important to arrive before 10am, preferably by 9 on weekends as the park is very popular and the parking is limited to one lot. People do ride horses on the trail but I am not sure of how to... More
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Jules6281
14 August 2016|
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Response from Leslie F | Reviewed this property |
We took the walk to the fern grotto and as I remember there really didn't appear to be anyplace to walk along the beach let alone ride horses. It is a very rocky coastline, at the bottom of a cliff mostly.
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Lisa K
16 October 2015|
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Response from pamelamR4732JY | Reviewed this property |
Wilder State Park is day use only. There is a camp for equestrians which is part of Wilder located just a bit north on the Eastern side of the hiway. It is for horse campers only. You can get information on the State Park... More
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