San Jose, California
Santa Cruz, County
Wilder Ranch has a rich blend of history and sweeping coastal landscapes. 19th century ranch buildings are surrounded by lovely flower gardens. A Mexican era adobe and traces of the earlier Ohlone Indian presence are quieter echoes of Santa Cruz history.
You can explore the history of early ranchers and farmers along the Central Coast through tours and living history demonstrations. Today, Docents dressed in period clothing help awaken your senses to a turn of the century lifestyle as they lead tours and demonstrate blacksmithing, baking, crafts and historic agricultural practices.
We will be taking the Old Cove Landing Trail, a self guided nature walk atop the bluffs, then heading left at the railroad tracks, and culminating at our sweet meeting spot by a pretty coastal cove at 4 Mile Beach.
Take Hwy 17 South 26 miles to Hwy. 1 North toward Half Moon Bay. Hwy 1, becomes Mission Blvd as you go through town. Go approx 4.4 miles on Hwy 1 / Mission Blvd and look for the park on the left hand side past Western Drive. We will meet in the parking lot.
Drive time: from San Jose is estimated at 45 minutes.
Coastal Weather is changeable, wear layers.
Parking $8, consider carpooling
No dogs allowed
Use/bring plenty of sunscreen.
Bathrooms are only in parking lot and not along the trail.