Trails, wildlife and the ocean

Coppertone and I were captivated by the waves crashing into the rock at 3 mile beach. It provided some of the best splash we'd seen along the trail and it was so close. Here she's trying to capture some of the activity on camera.
User: Austin Explorer - 5/13/2016

Location: Wilder Ranch State Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 2stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 7.95 Miles  Elapsed Time: 5 hours, 52 minutes


Coppertone and I intended to do the entire Ohlone Bluff Trail today, but it turned out to be longer in reality than it looked like on the map.  We made it down to 3 mile beach, about three quarters of the way to end of the trail.  More to do later!

At a couple of locations the trail heads inland to avoid rough terrain along streambeds as they meet the ocean.  This means walking along the railroad tracks for a short distance.  For us, it meant balancing on the rails like a tightrope walker.

Near Sand Plant Beach we saw what looked like a dead sealion.  Its shape looked a bit different than the many Harbor Seals seen lounging on the rock shelves just above the water.

With a little bit of patience we were able to spot whales, perhaps Humpbacks, offshore.  Telltale water spouts and humped backs were paralleling the shore.  At least one was closer to shore inside the kelp beds.

As we prepared to turnaround we noticed someone intently checking out a bush nearby and taking notes.  Curiousity got the best of us and she turned out to be a botanist looking at the flowering plant that is normally found on the Channel Islands.  It was a bit of a mystery how it got here.

We doubled back to the trailhead, taking a slight shortcut at the railroad bypass and headed off to dinner.  There are a LOT more trails to try out here, most off of the ocean.

Log Photos
Nature Preserve
Water meets rock
Beach after beach after beach
Harbor Seals
Trail View
Straight shot to sea
Coppertone on the trail
Turnaround Point
Saying goodbye
Recommended Item
Recommended Item The Complete Guide to Wilder Ranch State Park
Eric Henze
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The Complete Guide to Wilder Ranch State Park has everything a visitor needs to enjoy Wilder Ranch State Park's 7000 acres.  All trails are covered for hiking, biking and horseback riding.  The book contains descriptions of the majority of the flora and fauna within the park, with over 53 plants and 34 mammals covered in detail photos for nearly every species.  

Both the history of the Wilder lands and its people are covered. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the buildings of Wilder Ranch with every building on the property explained.  A completely revised map was created for the book and includes over 190 full color photos.  There's even a section on surfing!

The book is great for everyone, from families who want to learn more about old west dairy farming to hikers who just want to enjoy this amazing park!