A central hub for other trails within Wilder Ranch. The loop is mostly a narrow fire road that borders redwood trees and a beautiful meadow. There are some steep sections that might be tough for beginners. The southern part of the loop has a nice singletrack section that is often used to connect Enchanted Loop
to Old Cabin
. In this section, beware of roots in the trail and a couple technical sections that might present a challenge for the novice rider. Once at the top of the loop you can rest at one of the the park benches while enjoying the stunning view of Monterey Bay.
Family Friendly: For the adventurous only. The top section of the loop would be a nice place to enjoy a picnic lunch. However, the climb in/out is strenuous and not recommended for children.
The singletrack section of the southern loop is easiest if taken from east-to-west heading towards Enchanted Loop
. There are two tricky technical sections to watch out for: a steep turn around an old tree and a punchy section on the western side just as you enter/exit the forest. The climbs can also be strenuous.
There are several ways to get onto the loop. Heading down Chinquapin Trail
you'll merge onto Eucalyptus Loop. The other ways to get on to the loop are from the southern part of the park either from Wilder Ridge Loop
near Enchanted Loop
or from Old Cabin
on the eastern part of the park. If you come up Twin Oaks
you can take Bobcat Trail to join up with Eucalyptus Loop.
If you go left from the Chinquapin Trail
, you should see an area with a couple of park benches and a lone stand of tail trees. Here you can relax and enjoy the stunning view of the Monterey Bay.
The western part of the loop has a couple of really fun downhill sections. It is easy to get going pretty fast down these sections. Some of the turns can get slippery with loose gravel and ruts in the road. The eastern side has a few more twists and turns in the road but is an easier climb than the western side.
If you descend the western side of this loop, you'll end up at Enchanted Loop
. Coming down the eastern side you can pick up Old Cabin
or continue down to the tree covered area with some nice singletrack that also eventually joins up with Enchanted Loop