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    Planning to ride there this weekend. First timer. Is it true the Ohlone Bluff trail is a one way trail going northbound? Meaning you cant ride Ohlone if you came from Balwin Loop. Also what is the ideal place to park if riding at Wilder? Thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker
    Planning to ride there this weekend. First timer. Is it true the Ohlone Bluff trail is a one way trail going northbound? Meaning you cant ride Ohlone if you came from Balwin Loop. Also what is the ideal place to park if riding at Wilder? Thx
    Last time I was there over two years ago I rode both directions on the Bluff Trail. Park in the State Park parking lot and you can get a map and your questions answered. Used to be a lot of car beak ins along Hwy 1. If we use the park we should pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Last time I was there over two years ago I rode both directions on the Bluff Trail. Park in the State Park parking lot and you can get a map and your questions answered. Used to be a lot of car beak ins along Hwy 1. If we use the park we should pay for it.
    Since I have an annual State Parks pass I usually use use the parking lot, if I'm meeting same "cheap" friends I might park along Highway One. I wouldn't leave my car there at night though!

    Here's a link to a download page for a really nice map of Wilder:
    http://www.virtualparks.org/maps/wilder_ranch.html

    This is a similar map with VR links by the same guy:
    http://www.virtualparks.org/parks/wilder-qtvr-map.html

    I ride Wilder 5~6 times a year, I've never seen any mention of Ohlone Bluff being one-way---the prevailing wind favors riding it "down" the coast though.

    Try to hit as much of the single track as possible, "Old Cabin" is very nice,"Enchanted Loop" if you like rooty technical, the southern portion of "Wilder Ridge Loop" (aka "Dairy") is pretty torn up so you may want to avoid it. Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker
    Planning to ride there this weekend. First timer. Is it true the Ohlone Bluff trail is a one way trail going northbound? Meaning you cant ride Ohlone if you came from Balwin Loop. Also what is the ideal place to park if riding at Wilder? Thx
    I don't know of any one way trails in Wilder. Where did you hear that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker
    Planning to ride there this weekend. First timer. Is it true the Ohlone Bluff trail is a one way trail going northbound? Meaning you cant ride Ohlone if you came from Balwin Loop. Also what is the ideal place to park if riding at Wilder? Thx
    IMHO Ohlone Bluff is two way... it's a dirt road -wide and flat- for the farming tractors. Yes, ride it from Baldwin. Baldwin is not my first choice on the entire Wilder list of trails. I would consider riding Dairy once you reach the North boundary.
    Though I've ridden this both directions, I consider Old Cabin as a one way trail, approaching from Wild Boar and exiting onto Euc Loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5H0CK3R
    I don't know of any one way trails in Wilder. Where did you hear that?
    Enchanted Loop is one way, yes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex_Skidmore
    Enchanted Loop is one way, yes?
    Nope, though parts are probably unrideable in one direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex_Skidmore
    Enchanted Loop is one way, yes?

    i honestly cannot think of a single 1 way trail in the bay area....

    though...climbing some of them is really not entirely cool...IMO....
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    There are no one way only trails in Wilder Ranch. You can also park on the top of Wilder on Empire Grade road past the top entrance to UCSC.

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    Middle Green Gulch in the Marin Headlands. Only one I know and way better up that down anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    i honestly cannot think of a single 1 way trail in the bay area....

    though...climbing some of them is really not entirely cool...IMO....
    Charcoal Road/Table Mountain @ Saratoga Gap one way UP for bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg
    Charcoal Road/Table Mountain @ Saratoga Gap one way UP for bikes.

    d'oh!....absolutely correct-a-mundo.....
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    Thanks everyone for clarifying. I vaguely recall reading somewhere (maybe a hiker's site...hehe) that said Ohlone Bluff was one-way. I plan on riding in the morning so I hope parking at the lot on Coast will not be a problem. Maybe the thieves are still asleep at those times. I heard its $10 parking fee. Small fee to enjoy Wilder.

    I mapped out a trail that is mostly (if not all) single track. From what i read, Wilder is a great place to ride. Looking forward to the experience.

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    Yes, the parking fee is $10, at least as of my last ride there in June...

    I'm not sure how much you're set on the route you've already picked, but I thought my favorite route selection at Wilder might be of some help:

    http://bayarearides.com/rides/wilderranch1/

    I think I can safely say that this one ride traverses something like 90% of all singletrack in that park.
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    The Wagon wheel trail at Wilder was one-way for a while when it was open.

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    Halls Valley Trail at Grant Ranch near San Jose is another example of a one-way trail.

    And, if we're getting into what used to be one-way as well, I remember reading that Eldridge Grade on Mount Tam was also once uphill-only for bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker
    Thanks everyone for clarifying. I vaguely recall reading somewhere (maybe a hiker's site...hehe) that said Ohlone Bluff was one-way. I plan on riding in the morning so I hope parking at the lot on Coast will not be a problem. Maybe the thieves are still asleep at those times. I heard its $10 parking fee. Small fee to enjoy Wilder.

    I mapped out a trail that is mostly (if not all) single track. From what i read, Wilder is a great place to ride. Looking forward to the experience.
    It's a fun place to ride. A benefit of parking in the lot is that you have running water and bathrooms, as well as the greatly reduced likelihood of a break-in.

    In my opinion, Ohlone Bluff is best ridden from Baldwin at the end of a ride. You get this great scenic cruise along the ocean. In addition, when it is windy, the prevailing wind along there tends to blow down the coast, so going north on OB means you are riding into the wind.

    There's one beach along the bluff trail that you have to hike a bike across, or cut way inland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erginguney
    Yes, the parking fee is $10, at least as of my last ride there in June...

    I'm not sure how much you're set on the route you've already picked, but I thought my favorite route selection at Wilder might be of some help:

    http://bayarearides.com/rides/wilderranch1/

    I think I can safely say that this one ride traverses something like 90% of all singletrack in that park.
    How funny, that is the same route I mapped out. Read about it on another MTBR thread in 2008. Many said that is the best ride at Wilder. Looking forward to getting my tires dirty.

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    @ Ergin: Great Site, Bookmarkin it now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AptosRider
    @ Ergin: Great Site, Bookmarkin it now!
    Hey, thanks! Tell your friends...
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