Wilder Ranch: Nature’s splendor in our backyard

Wilder Ranch: Nature’s splendor in our backyard







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Cliffs rise from the Pacific Ocean as visitors to Wilder Ranch State Park access Santa Cruz County’s natural splendor along the Ohlone Bluff Trail. According to UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Gary Griggs, “All of the coastal bluffs along Wilder Ranch consist of Santa Cruz mudstone, a roughly 5- to 8-million-year-old sedimentary rock. The mudstone makes up the lowermost 20 to 40 feet or so, which is capped by a much younger (approximately 100,000 year old) sequence of marine terrace deposits of sands, silts and clays.” (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Cliffs rise from the Pacific Ocean as visitors to Wilder Ranch State Park access Santa Cruz County’s natural splendor along the Ohlone Bluff Trail. According to UC Santa Cruz Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Gary Griggs, “All of the coastal bluffs along Wilder Ranch consist of Santa Cruz mudstone, a roughly 5- to 8-million-year-old sedimentary rock. The mudstone makes up the lowermost 20 to 40 feet or so, which is capped by a much younger (approximately 100,000 year old) sequence of marine terrace deposits of sands, silts and clays.” (Shmuel Thaler – Santa Cruz Sentinel)