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The ocean breeze coming off the Pacific makes this a perfect summer stroll.
The Wilbur's Watch hike is a great trail to see wildflowers in the spring months, including purple iris, purple-blue blue-eyed grass, pink checkerbloom, white yarrow, orange California poppy, yellow buttercups, red paintbrush, and blue and white lupine.
The Wilbur’s Watch hike is a one-mile out-and-back trail located on POST’s Cloverdale Coastal Ranches property, where we rebuilt Root Down Barn. From the trailhead’s small parking lot on Pigeon Point Road, the trail leads uphill through grassland and native coastal scrub to a breathtaking lookout. The elevation gain is minimal and this beautiful hike is rated easy.
There are several switchbacks to ease the grade as you hike through a mix of grassland and shrubs.
From the top, relax on recycled redwood benches and peer through the telescope to take in panoramic views from Montara Mountain in the north to Año Nuevo State Reserve in the south. When you’re ready to head back, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.
The Wilbur’s Watch trail is dedicated to Colburn Wilbur, retired executive director of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation who worked to protect thousands of acres of open space in California.