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Rancho Del Oso Nature and History Center
: Located on hwy 1, 18 miles north of Santa Cruz on the east side of Waddell
A small visitor center and hiking trail near the Waddell Creek.
Year round but at winter you can to this as loop trail because the hiking river
bridge is not there.
note 1: You can combine this visit and hike with visiting at Waddell Beach
note 2: The bridge crossing the river is being removed during winter (from
October – late April) so you can’t cross it and can’t do a loop trail.
thoughts: A short hike going into the dance river vegetation.
park is the coastal portion of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
park at the Waddell Beach parking lot on hwy 1 at Skyline-To-The-Sea Trail head
or you can get into the short Canyon dirt road on the south side of the river
that is leading to the visitor center small parking lot.
the visitor center there is an easy narrow trail that is getting into the dance
river vegetation and after quarter of a mile you will reach the bridge that is
crossing the river. Keep going another quarter mile and you will reach Skyline-To-The-Sea
Trail, turn left and you will reach hwy 1.
turn around and go back to your starting point or do the loop on hwy1, overall
loop distance is 1 mile.
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