Old Cove Landing begins near the preserved dairy farm and large parking areas both inside and outside (along highway 1) Wilder Ranch State Park. A paved bike path also runs into Santa Cruz.
The trail is mostly doubletrack and not at all technical. The biggest challenge you might face is a stiff headwind along the coast.
From the farmstead to the coast, you pass farm fields. Then the highlight section is doubletrack just feet from the coast along cliffs 50-100 ft above the Pacific Ocean while waves crash below. There are a couple of foot trails down to secluded beaches in this section. The final portion of the trail heads back inland. If you take a left when you reach the railroad tracks, you can continue the coastal journey along the Ohlone Bluff Trail.