Make your own free website on Tripod.com


CALIFORNIA SPORTS PARADISE
Your portal to outdoor sports in California
CALIFORNIA'S MONTHLY ON-LINE MAGAZINE FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS

DAY HIKING
Northern Coast
Central Coast
Southern Coast
Northern Sierras
Southern Sierras
ROAD BIKING
Northern Coast
Central Coast
Southern Coast
Northern Sierras
Southern Sierras
MOUNTAIN BIKING
Northern Coast
Central Coast
Southern Coast
Northern Sierras
Southern Sierras
PADDLE SPORTS
Northern Coast
Central Coast
Southern Coast
Northern Sierras
Southern Sierras
SURFING
Northern Coast
Central Coast
Southern Coast
MONTHLY FEATURES
 
GENE'S GARAGE
What gear do I need?

BRIAN'S BODY-BAG
Safety tips

STAN'S STUFF
Editorials

ARCHIVES
Past featured articles

 
FEATURE ARTICLE

 
WILDER RANCH STATE RESERVE
By Gene Raffanti

 
About Wilder Ranch

  PHOTO BY GENE RAFFANTI
Wilder Ranch is located about 4 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1 and is a State Reserve (and State Park). Wilder Beach was designated a reserve to protect the nesting sites of the Snowy Plover. On the beach side of Highway 1 you will see a sign for parking. You may park in the lot for a small fee, however, many people park on Highway One and walk or ride bikes into the reserve. We recommend paying the fee for the additional security, plus it helps support our State Parks system.

PHOTO BY STAN DELK  

Wilder is a fun family hike not only because of the beautiful ocean views but also because this area was a working ranch for over 100 years and the Victorian style ranch house, barns, and other outbuildings have been preserved for the education and enjoyment of visitors. Kids enjoy walking around the ranch feeding and petting many of the animals. There is a visitor center where local animal life is displayed, points of interest are highlighted, and books of local interest are offered for sale.

The Hike

Old landing Cove Trail (2 miles round trip) to Fern Grotto Beach

The trail leads beachward from the parking lot along an old unpaved farm road. Follow the bluff to Wilder Beach and then turn south to Fern Grotto Beach. This beach is so named because of the ferns growing on the moist beach cliffs walls and in the caves. Its a good place to stop and rest and also an excellent picnic site. This beach was used many years ago for loading lumber onto schooners that anchored off shore on calm days. The lumber was used in most part for building the city of San Francisco.

Sports and Adventure Nikon Diplomat Backcountry ski and snowboard gear, camping Marmot. The North Face. Nike. SportingGoodsAtCost www.americanhotelnetwork.com www.bodytrends.com www.labody.com Join Free Now!
ENTER OUR
PHOTO CONTEST.
Win prizes!
HERE'S HOW

ENTER OUR
FEATURE ARTICLE
CONTEST.
Win prizes!
HERE'S HOW
Variations

The hike can be extended from Fern Grotto Beach to Four Mile Beach. This hike winds along the bluffs and brussels sprouts fields and offers great ocean views. Its an easy hike, but long at 10.5 miles round trip.

  PHOTO BY STAN DELK
On the inland side of Highway 1 you may hike up into the hills. There is a crossing under Highway 1 through a tunnel near the ranch house so you may avoid the speedy traffic. There are many miles of trails to enjoy, but watch out for wild animals, such as feral pigs, bobcats, an occasional mountain lion, and frequent mountain bikers.

Mountain Bikes are allowed on the beach trails, too, but it's easier to see them coming.

Wilder Ranch: Phone (831) 426-0550/ (831) 429-2850



CALIFORNIA SPORTS PARADISE
Your portal to outdoor sports in California
CALIFORNIA'S MONTHLY ON-LINE MAGAZINE FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS


We welcome your comments.
Letters to the Editor

OUR MISSION STATEMENT
400 Bad Request

Bad Request

Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand.

The request line contained invalid characters following the protocol string.

WHO ARE WE?

Surfnwear

Premium performance underwear - www.wickers.com



Copyright 2000 by California Sports Paradise

All rights reserved
No portion hereof may be reproduced in any
manner without written permission of
California Sports Paradise

For any technical problems, please contact:
Calsports Webmaster