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Wilder Ranch Singletrack Loops

 27 votes

Length

13.9 Miles 22.4 Kilometers


70%

Singletrack

Elevation

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

Conditions


All Clear 37 days ago
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Most of the singletrack trails at Wilder Ranch combined in a single ride.

Bob Gardner

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.
Features: eMTB allowed
Dogs: No Dogs

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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May 19, 2018
Joline Fan
12mi
Apr 27, 2018
Andreas Wiesner
20mi — 2h 00m
Apr 1, 2018
Jason Montgomery
Amazing ride! Enchanted loop trail is a must! 14.1mi
Mar 25, 2018
James Bishop
A bit muddy - enchanted loop was great. 14.9mi
Feb 24, 2018
Teymoor Ghashghai
Great place to ride. There's so much variety. 16mi
Feb 6, 2018
Jim Mollerus
Jan 1, 2018
Thomas Fritz
Nov 20, 2017
josue cortes

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  4.5 from 27 votes

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  4.5 from 27 votes
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