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Cowboy Hiking Trail

Wilder Ranch State Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Cowboy Hiking Trail

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  • Bridge near the corral crossing Wilder Creek.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Corral at Wilder Ranch.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Engelman's Loop Trailhead- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Cowboy Trailhead.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Old farm equipment on the Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Beginning the ascent.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • View over Wilder Ranch and the Pacific Ocean.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • View from the Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Left turn here.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Lower portion of the Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Cowboy Trail.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
  • Wilder corral.- Cowboy Hiking Trail
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Pros: 
Great views of Wilder Ranch and the Pacific Ocean.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Shortly after crossing the bridge near the corral in Wilder Ranch you will come to a crossroads where Engelsman’s Loop and Cowboy Trail meet. Engelsman’s Loop is to your left and Cowboy Trail is to your immediate right. Just look for the trail marker to know you are on the right trail.

Cowboy Trail starts off level and then gradually ascends to overlook Wilder Ranch and  the Pacific Ocean. The view at this point is pretty amazing! The trail winds through open grassy plains with nearby farmland. The trail keeps ascending until it takes a sharp left once you reach a private property fence.

The trail then quickly descends back into the cover of oak trees through a series of switchbacks. This section of trail is fairly shaded and eventually will wind back to the bridge starting point.

This is a fun little trail with great views that is easy to complete. It's a nice way to round off your visit to Wilder Ranch.

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