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Enchanted Loop



2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer loop


Ascent: 223' 68 m
Descent: -238' -73 m
High: 608' 185 m
Low: 373' 114 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)


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An awesome ride through the enchanted forest.

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A favorite loop at Wilder Ranch State Park - so good that it's worth doing a few laps on it. From Hwy 1, you can access this loop from Baldwin Loop or Wilder Ranch Loop depending on where you parked.

There are some technical sections through rocks and roots, but it's totally doable, even on a hardtail.

The trail is best known for the steep descent that starts at the intersection with Baldwin Loop. From a sunny meadow, the trail immediately plunges into deep shade under the Redwoods. Before your eyes fully adjust, the trail narrows, zig zags and drops through a short rocky and rooty section, then descends quickly before going over a set of three sharp rooty drops and dropping to the left over more roots. Be ready for the sharp left turn at the bottom, which begins a short roller coaster section terminating in a 12" or so drop. An immediate and sharp right turn starts a fast and flowy segment with short drops and some shallow berms that take you to the canyon floor and a mixed woodland full of dappled light. This is the enchanted part. The climb out is gentle, winding, and beautiful.


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Sep 7, 2019
Luke Stone
Jul 27, 2019
Carlos Bolivar
Jun 23, 2019
Joe Souza
Dry but not too dusty.
Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
Challenging and fun. Shady loop stays cool but trail can get rutty and rooty. Rider with care.
Dec 1, 2017
Jay Holsten
Nov 21, 2017
Robert Davis
Nov 14, 2017
Michael Dermott
18.7mi — 2h 31m
Oct 9, 2017
Ido Shavit

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One of two bridges on the North trail (riding East).
Nov 2, 2019 near Santa Cruz, CA
Super lush ground cover on the climb out of Enchanted - late spring.
Jul 15, 2019 near Santa Cruz, CA
after most of the root drops and before the rocks
Nov 17, 2017 near Santa Cruz, CA
Looking uphill at the "root staircase" on the Southwest entry descent into Enchanted Loop.  The drops get MUCH larger on the next switchback!
Nov 2, 2019 near Santa Cruz, CA
Enchanted Loop junction with close-up of trail work sign.
Feb 3, 2016 near Santa Cruz, CA
Some Wild Turkeys on the northern section of the Enchanted Loop.
Oct 4, 2017 near Santa Cruz, CA

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