Wilder Ranch State Park is a California State Park located on the Pacific Ocean coast north of Santa Cruz, California. Wilder Ranch State Park covers approximately 7,000 acres with 34 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails winding through coastal terraces and valleys.
Wilder Ranch is an great spot for long yet simple hikes. The ranch has a long 10 mile round trip hike to the recreation center’s northern border at the Twin Gates Entrance, yet there are pleasant shorter hikes as well. The recreation center was a time ago a dairy farm, and a hefty portion of the farm structures have been re-established for use as a historical center.
Natural Bridges State Marine Reserve is a marine secured region along the bank of Wilder Ranch State Park and part of the nearby Natural Bridges State Beach. The beach front trail extends for more than 4 miles and there are scenic views of the Pacific Ocean all throughout; so take as much time as necessary overcoming the entire trail.
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