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Fern Grotto Beach at Wilder Ranch State Park

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Fern Grotto Beach at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, California

Fern Grotto Beach is definitely worth the hike from the Wilder Ranch State Park visitor center. The grotto is a shallow cave at the back of the beach with ferns draping down over the entrance. There is a nice sandy beach in a deep rocky cove to enjoy here as well. The mouth of the cove isn’t large but there is quite a bit of sand here surrounded by sandstone walls on all sides. Getting here is half the fun though. Along the way are many great vistas over other beaches, bird and seal covered rocks, and a bucolic setting. To get here hike the Old Cove Landing Trail from the Wilder Ranch visitor center parking lot. The trail passes by Wilder Beach and farmlands before a small footpath descends into the back of Fern Grotto Beach. The main trail wraps around the back of the beach and continues to Sand Plant Beach nearby. From there it loops back to the parking area making it a great day hike.

Address
1401 Old Coast Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Park Name
Wilder Ranch State Park
Owner
State Park
Other Names
Old Cove Landing
Activities
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Birdwatching, Beach Exploration
Amenities
Trails, Grotto, Cave
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
Fee for parking

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