Wilder Ranch State Park

3.81 out of 5
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The park has 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys.

From the parking lot, start down the dirt path north the bathrooms. At the bottom of the hill, you will have to walk your bike through the ranch. Once on the trails, there is good signage at the intersections. Start on the Englesman Loop Trail, a gradual and exposed climb. After about a mile, instead of going on the rest of the loop, turn off to the left onto Wild Boar Trail where the singletrack fun begins. Continue on Old Cabin Trail - sweet singletrack through the forest. There are even a few rooty technical sections, but don't worry, they're easy enough to just roll over cuz you will be going fast. At the next intersection, take the Eucalyptus Loop Trail (more open fireroad) and head for Enchanted Loop trail. I hear the Enchanted loop trail has some technical singletrack downhill, but it was closed probably due to wet conditions. Now you have two options - Wilder Ridge Loop trail has some cut-offs and is mostly singletrack, then head back to the parking lot. Or you can take the lower part of Enchanted Loop and get on Baldwin Loop. Baldwin Loop is all downhill towards the ocean. Near the bottom of Baldwin Loop, there is a narrow trail that veers off to right where it eventually ends up at Hwy1. Cross Hwy1 and ride towards the beach. Once on the beach, the trail is a little difficult to find. On your left there are some steep hills you will have to carry your bike up and get on the doubletrack. Cruise on the doubletrack (I think the trail is called Old Cove Landing Trail) that rims the cliffside and take in the views of the Pacific Ocean. This trail eventually spits you out at the parking lot.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Where does it start? -Guest

A: At the beginning

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Reviews (33)

Bunny Hop

November 27, 2017
h8ower Bunny Hop  
Review: Great day testing a Santa Cruz bike! took me a moment to find the trail. Signs are not the best, but staff in at Santa Cruz handed out a map which was really useful. The rest outside of the trail was just riding the scenic spots of the pacific ocean


October 4, 2016
bikerboy15 Gnarly  
Review: Loved the ride here! Deff. will come back. I did all the best trails in the park (I believe) Enchanted loop is very fun, and the first half of the Wilder Ranch Loop is flowy, and fun up until the Zane Grey Trail. When you come to your first fork in the trail take the left one! Great for those of us who aren't the most intense riders on the planet. You can rent a Santa Cruz, from the factory up the road. I recommend it as you will enjoy the ride more.


May 15, 2016
ACree Gnarly  
Review: Conveniently within riding distance of the Santa Cruz and Ibis HQ locations for demo purposes. The singletrack to doubletrack ratio is not good, and the trails were on the tame side. I'd ride it daily if I lived next door but can't imagine it being worth of driving to.


May 2, 2016
Review: Awesome! The climbs were perfect for me. They were technical, but not to big for my Wisconsin lungs and legs to handle. Some of the descents were overgrown, but that was more than made up for by their FAST nature and trails like the Enchanted Loop (Now my favorite trail EVER). If you are in the area this is a great trail. To sweeten the deal, you can always reserve a bike from the nearby Santa Cruz Bicycles. They make some pretty amazing bikes, and are located minutes from the trailhead.

Similar Trail: Camp Tamarancho


March 12, 2016
Review: A mix of legal trails (a rare thing in this area) there are lots of fireroad climbs but he true gem is the enchanted loop in the north west corner for some black diamond descending.

January 17, 2016
Review: Great ride if you go off trail and take mailboxes trail down. Lots of wildlife. Don't bomb down the fire roads, too many people coming up. Nice slolem down near hwy 1.

Similar Trail: None in Santa Cruz.

World Champ

November 25, 2015
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: There are a couple of ok trails here but overall, this place isn't anything to write home about. Some nice views, and some good connectivity into other rad trails in the area.


May 25, 2015
Review: Really nice trail, great fun#


October 13, 2014
justin70 Singletrack  
Review: A-plus for the Enchanted Loop (clockwise) with lots of redwoods and technical root-covered descents.

The coast is pretty, though the riding there is non-technical.

On the whole, worth at least 1 lap of the place, if you are in the area. Does get quite busy on the weekends.


June 4, 2014
Review: Pretty but lacking excitement for most of the riding. The enchanted forest loop is the highlight and is worth riding the area just for a lap or two on it.

Wilder Ranch State Park MTB Trail 3.81 out of 5 based on 33 ratings. 33 user reviews.
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