Mountain-bikers of all levels, rejoice. Wilder Ranch State Park offers over 30 miles of well-marked trails perfect for every biker. Pick your degree of difficulty and wind through coastal terraces and valleys all while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Northern California.
For some tasty Mexican grub after your ride, head to Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, where El Palomar makes its corn tortillas fresh and its margaritas strong. This place is consistently voted best Mexican food by the local weekly newspaper. Olé!
Pick up a map at the visitors center before heading out. Call the park at 831-423-9703 to make sure no trails are closed due to rain.
This former dairy farm welcomes both novices and advanced riders. Casual riders can take the spacious and low-grade Bluffs Ride, a 4-mile (one-way) cliffside path that leads to several beaches and a fern grotto. For hill and thrill-seeking mountain bikers, head inland to the grassy hills and redwood forests of the Wilder Ranch and Englesman Loop trails.