San Francisco: Wilder Ranch Loop

This 7.6-mile loop stitches together windswept coastline bluffs with the steep and quiet foothills of Santa Cruz County. Open to hikers and mountain bikers.
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This 7.6-mile loop stitches together windswept coastline bluffs with the steep and quiet foothills of Santa Cruz County. Open to hikers and mountain bikers.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.1

Waypoints

WRL001

Location: 36.960132598877, -122.085403442383

Start on paved trail; turn R onto road, then L after historic home

WRL002

Location: 36.9618682861328, -122.084350585938

Pass through tunnel under CA 1

WRL003

Location: 36.9650840759277, -122.084297180176

Hike past gate; bear L @ Y then L again up switchback

WRL004

Location: 36.9709167480469, -122.08674621582

Unmarked junction; bear R @ Y, heading N along Peasley Gulch

WRL005

Location: 36.9790840148926, -122.087417602539

Bear R @ Y onto Twin Oaks Trail

WRL006

Location: 36.9862670898438, -122.094650268555

Bear R @ Y; then turn L onto Eucalyptus Trail

WRL007

Location: 36.9895324707031, -122.099731445312

L at 3-way; follow paved portion uphill

WRL008

Location: 36.987850189209, -122.098731994629

Confusing intersection: Turn L @ 4-way, keeping R at forks on Winter Ridge Loop Trail

WRL009

Location: 36.9813652038574, -122.096870422363

R @ 3-way onto Zake Gray Cutoff; watch for amazing views of the Pacific

WRL010

Location: 36.9736328125, -122.097915649414

Bear R @ Y; look out for bikers on multi-use trail

WRL011

Location: 36.9709167480469, -122.08674621582

Bear R @ Y; return S to trailhead