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Wilder Ranch State Park

1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
+1 831-423-9703
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Coastal park

This was a nice walk along the coast. The way is petty easy to navigate. The trails aren’t well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Climb14ers
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Beautiful Beach Walk

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
DarrinlDavis
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White Lake, Michigan
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“farm animals” (7 reviews)
“fern grotto” (5 reviews)
“poison oak” (5 reviews)
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1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5601
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+1 831-423-9703
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"farm animals"
in 7 reviews
"fern grotto"
in 5 reviews
"poison oak"
in 5 reviews
"great place for hiking"
in 4 reviews
"great walking trails"
in 3 reviews
"draft horses"
in 3 reviews
"long hike"
in 3 reviews
"farm house"
in 3 reviews
"mile loop"
in 5 reviews
"harbor seals"
in 8 reviews
"mountain biking"
in 6 reviews
"whale spout"
in 2 reviews
"easy hike"
in 3 reviews
"real gem"
in 2 reviews
"the cliff"
in 11 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 7 reviews
"point lobos"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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

1  Thank Jaero35
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning paths along the cliff edges. Was in the lookout for poison oak but didn’t happen to see any so that was a relief. Wish we had more time to keep riding. Definitely a must stop in Santa Cruz. The farm looked amazing as well...More

Thank Meghan V
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I wanted to spend some time outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather so I picked this state park. I walked on a trail to the bluffs. There were wildflowers growing all along the trail. The bluffs were lovely. There were many other hikers/runners/cyclists out so...More

1  Thank dkap2016
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Great place for an easy hike, but choose your trail carefully. East of 1 it's mostly a mountain bike place, but there are a few old ranch roads that make for a nice walks with exceptional ocean views.

2  Thank jblankfort
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

The coastal hike to Fern Grotto Beach is gentle with spectacular vistas and fascinating wildlife. I didn't expect the walk out to be so easy! The grotto was beautiful, but a little bit spooky too.

Thank Suzannah T
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

The old Wilder Dairy family ranch made its way into the hands of local community as a sea fronting historic site with miles of trails inland of hwy 1 and two Victorian era homes of the glory days.

1  Thank RonCentralCA
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Connie G
1 May 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
15 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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