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Baldwin Loop

Intermediate
 1.5 (22)

Beautiful trail that crosses ancient sandstone while descending to the coast.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

Singletrack

606' 185 m

High

32' 10 m

Low

568' 173 m

Up

574' 175 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Heading down Baldwin Loop is a singletrack trail, however about 50% back up is a fire road closed to motor vehicles.

From The top of Baldwin Loop and Enchanted Loop, you start with a fun rolling descent through grasslands. The mellow drop steepens, and you'll soon find yourself picking up speed. Luckily, there is a wide-open sight line which makes the high speeds feel comfortable. The max grade tops out at 17%, but the descent generally doesn't get much steeper than 14%.

Before reaching the bottom, you cross a cool drainage which provides nice shade and cool weather which the rest of the trail is pretty exposed. Enjoy the reprieve from the heat, and get ready for your climb back up.

The ascent is somewhat grueling, but the Baldwin loop is a must in the eastern part of the park. This trail can also be linked up with the Ohlone Bluff trail for a more mellow flat pedal back to the parking area.

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Shared By:

Garritt Cusack

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  1.5 from 22 votes

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Bottom of Baldwin singletrack on the left and the start to your climb is at the right. Beautiful coastal hills ahead and nothing but big blue Pacific to your back
Oct 26, 2015 near Santa Cruz, CA
Ocean view from Baldwin Loop Trail.
Feb 3, 2016 near Santa Cruz, CA
Mountain biking near Santa Cruz on the Baldwin Loop.
Oct 27, 2015 near Santa Cruz, CA

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Nov 30, 2020
Hayden Wright
I would avoid climbing this trail. Super rocky and extremely overgrown. You'll be hiking
Oct 4, 2020
John Stevens
Poison oak on the downhill, go down the same way you went up to avoid it
May 4, 2017
Elly Kay
Stinging nettle, poison oak and ticks!
Feb 23, 2013
Lost Justpastnowhere