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About 3 Mile Beach at Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, California

3 Mile Beach at Wilder Ranch State Park is a secluded sandy beach west of Santa Cruz. It requires quite a hike along the Ohlone Bluffs Trail from the Four Mile Beach parking lot to get here. When you reach 3 Mile Beach, if you don’t find an easy way down from the bluff to the beach keep walking around the double-track trail to the railroad tracks and continue until you find another trail just a little further south.

The Ohlone Bluffs Trail continues farther south to another beach called Strawberry Beach. Because this beach is so tucked way, it is considered clothing-optional by some visitors but it’s illegal and the state park is giving citations now.

If they are not taken, there is room for a couple cars outside the officially signed 3 Mile Beach trailhead across from the address 3050 Coast Road on California Highway 1 (a three mile drive from western Santa Cruz). This parking spot is more direct, but be sure not to block the gate.

3050 Coast Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Park Name
Wilder Ranch State Park
Other Names
Three Mile Beach
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Hiking, Mountain Biking, Birdwatching
Trails, Wetlands
Map of 3 Mile Beach at Wilder Ranch State Park
Santa Cruz, US
11:54 am, June 14, 2024
temperature icon 74°F
L: 50° H: 74°
Feels like 73.69 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 9.32
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:48 am
Sunset: 8:29 pm
Humidity 59 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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