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Wilder Ranch Singletrack Loops

 4.4 (37)

13.9 Miles 22.4 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

1,645' 501 m

Ascent

-1,632' -498 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

645' 197 m

High

41' 13 m

Low

Shared By Bob Gardner

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

Bob Gardner

Dogs No Dogs

Features eMTB 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.

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Sep 18, 2018
Tyler Rosano
This is my favorite trail so far in the Bay Area! Good mix of good singletrack and some fun little technical sections! 10mi
Aug 24, 2018
Thomas Remlinger
bone dry
Aug 17, 2018
Steve Dorsey
An amazing tour of Wider and views of the ocean. One of the best places to ride in the world.
Aug 14, 2018
John Brainard
A blast! 10mi
Aug 11, 2018
Apollo Zogas
Aug 7, 2018
JT Stukes
32.8mi
Aug 4, 2018
Paul Gamache LAc
Jul 2, 2018
Dylan Wooters

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  4.4 from 37 votes

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  4.4 from 37 votes
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