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Wilder Ranch Singletrack Loops

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (78)

Most of the singletrack trails at Wilder Ranch combined in a single ride.


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14.1

Miles

22.7

KM

70%

Singletrack

638' 195 m

High

45' 14 m

Low

1,487' 453 m

Up

1,477' 450 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

With the Cowboy Loop at the south end and the Enchanted Loop at the north end interconnected with other fun trails, this ride makes use of some of the best trails available in Wilder Ranch Park.

Description

From the paid parking lot, follow the paved path to the cultural preserve (walk bikes through) then head through the Hwy 1 underpass to the trailhead near the rodeo arena. Just past the arena and across the bridge before the Engleman's Loop fork, the Cowboy Loop begins on the right.

For a clockwise direction, take the branch to the left as it follows Wilder Creek to the north. The trail starts out flat and tree-shaded but there's a short, very steep section as the trail climbs out of the creek gully. At the top, the trail passes through open pasture as it descends towards the ocean then crossing lower Wilder Creek before returning to Engleman's Loop trail.

Take the left fork of Engleman's Loop, which rises steeply at first and then climbs steadily at 4-5%. After about a mile, a rerouted section is reached running along oak woodland with a short steep section before reaching a rest bench at the junction with the Wild Boar Trail (shown as lower section of the Old Cabin Trail).

Turn left (west) to follow Wild Boar which shortly joins the Old Cabin Trail. Old Cabin drops down into Peasley Gulch one of the second growth redwood groves in the area. The trail is technical in spots with some short, challenging climbs coming out of the gully to join Eucalyptus Loop.

Turning left (south) on Eucalyptus Loop, the first section is doubletrack but quickly turns to singletrack as it enters another redwood grove. This lower part of the loop is similar to the Old Cabin Trail with technical sections around the creek crossings.

Lower Eucalyptus Loop joins several trails near a corral with the Enchanted Loop branching off to the left (west). Take the loop in either direction but going clockwise, there's about a half mile of doubletrack before the singletrack section forks to the right then descends steeply into the Baldwin Creek canyon. The trail turns and follows the creek back up to the junction with Eucalyptus Loop.

The return ride starts by backtracking a short distance to the Twin Oaks trail heading east over mostly flat pasture but watch for steep drops as it enters the woods. Turn right at the junction with Wilder Ridge Loop with a short climb to the viewpoint.

Continue west about a half mile and take the Zane Grey Cutoff on the left which descends steeply to lower Wilder Ridge Loop. Take another left and continue to the junction with the ranch road that returns to the trailhead.

History & Background

A working dairy farm since the 1850's, an old farm house and dairy complex make up the cultural preserve area of the park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Bob Gardner

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 78 votes

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Photos

Pick your line down the Redwood Tree roots.
Jul 22, 2022 near Santa Cruz, CA
Sweet Oak Tree.
Jul 18, 2022 near Santa Cruz, CA
Wilder Ranch State Park - Enchanted Loop - Twin Oaks - Wilder Ridge
May 9, 2018 near Santa Cruz, CA
Redwood "fairy rings" on the Old Cabin Trail.
Oct 8, 2016 near Santa Cruz, CA
Looking down twin oaks trail from the top. Wind in the face ahead..
Oct 26, 2015 near Santa Cruz, CA
Sustained and easy descent as a reward for the steep earlier climb.  (Hike-a-Bike for us.)
Aug 2, 2021 near Santa Cruz, CA

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Nov 25, 2022
Adam Fitzhugh
Oct 30, 2022
David Fox
Oct 1, 2022
Gary T.
Awesome cold day at 73 Degrees 14.1mi — 1h 43m
Sep 3, 2022
Miguel Miranda
Jun 24, 2022
Chris Sanders
since 1999
May 7, 2022
P G
22mi — 10h 30m
Apr 17, 2022
John Hoffman
Feb 6, 2022
Brad Wetmore
We skipped the Enchanted Loop, but extended our ride to the bluffs to have some ocean chill time at Fern Grotto. Great except for Zane Gray Cutoff. 13.5mi — 3h 45m