Wilder Ranch State Park For Mountain Biking

The 9th most popular mountain bike trail in California.

West of Santa Cruz, the 4,000 acre Wilder Ranch State Park has a winding, rolling 10 mile mountain bike loop. The loop combines singletrack and fire roads through chapparal hills, redwood preserves and eucalyptus.

To reach the main Wilder Ranch State Park trailhead from Santa Cruz, head northwest on US1 for a couple miles. There is a signed state park entrance on the left with a large parking area just past the guard house. Alternately, there is plenty of informal roadside parking just before the state park entrance on US1.

The trails roll down to the coastline and climb high up into the hills above. The hill side trails connect with the UC Santa Cruz campus trail system at Empire Grade Road just north of campus (no parking).

Overall, Wilder Ranch State Park is the 9th most popular mountain bike trail of all 132 mountain biking rides in California.

Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz (CA/US)

Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz (CA/US)

Wilder Ranch State Park Mountain Biking Map

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Local Contact(s):  California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Sprokets Cycle Shop

Recommended Book:  "Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Book" from Tom Taber

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Santa Cruz Dream Inn

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bagelry On Cedar; Gildas Restaurant On The Wharf

Reference Source:  click here http://www.parks.ca.gov/

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Date Updated:  6/20/2016

ID:  5906

Wilder Ranch State Park Mountain Biking Map

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