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Wilder Ranch State Park

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Address: Highway One, Santa Cruz, CA
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Great Trails that follow the Coastline

This has great walking trails. You walk along the bluffs. At several place you can walk down to the beach. You can see the Wilder Homestead, but it is just a couple of buildings... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Mountain View, California
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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This has great walking trails. You walk along the bluffs. At several place you can walk down to the beach. You can see the Wilder Homestead, but it is just a couple of buildings. While it is interesting the real gem of this place is being able to walk along the ocean without cars next to you.

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Alexandria, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited just a small part of wilder ranch while on a work trip. Walked along the bluffs and could not get enough of the ocean view.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful place to visit (although parking is pricey-$10). The trail along the coast was beautiful with amazing views, and a stunning coastline. I like it better than walking the coast in Santa Cruz where it's crowded, urbanized, and the coastline less-dramatic. This felt like escaping into nature. Will be back again for sure! And excited to explore... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Took a bit of walking to get to the shore from the parking lot past the ranch but was worth the view and the walk. I would not say this is wilderness but a good walk within a close drive from town.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We live twenty minutes from Wilder Ranch and walk here frequently. The views of the protected beaches at the base of cliffs are magnificent- not even a footprint on them. Walking along the ocean bluffs you can see shore birds and pelicans fly by at eye level. The trails on the ocean side of the highway are wide and flat-... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Not as famous as Point Lobos but still very nice (easy) trail to walk besides the amazing cliffs and bluffs. Go all the way to the cave (going down to the beach is easy) and later to the seal colony.

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Felton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful coastal setting with hiking & bicycle trails for all ages and abilities...where we followed a beach side trail hike with a picnic in the historical ranch area...Never tire of this extraordinary gem on the Central Coast...

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Newmarket, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This a nice place to go for a hike on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. There is also a small farm with some animals. There was a wedding going on when we were there. Good washrooms and water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Enjoy the windy and amazing views of the ocean!) Probably, that is the most scenic coastline on here in Northern California.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

If you want to go for a nice walk along the rugged California coast come here. The walk is along the top of the bluff but there is access to the beach. Be sure to grab a sandwich at Togos in Santa Cruz before you go. They have gluten free wraps too!

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