Cowboy Loop is a very short loop of less than 2 miles (closer to 1.5 miles)
Access Cowboy Loop Trail coming from the Ranch proper through the tunnel and past the corrals to the wooden bridge crossing Wilder Creek. Take an immediate right after the bridge and after a short distance, come to a creek flowing over a cement pad. Cross the creek and start climbing. Climb approximately 140 feet to where the trail plateaus out. Stop and turn to enjoy the views from time to time. Travel about a half a mile towards an obvious barbed wire fence. At the fence take a left on the narrow path and after a hundred yards or so start steeply down. Once off the hill you will find yourself in a narrow alley of brush and trees…follow the path to the second creek crossing. After crossing the creek, Cowboy trail opens out and joins the trail you started out on. Retrace your steps to the corrals and tunnel.
Being so short, Cowboy is not a much sought after trail. But, it is heavily used by horses as it is accessed by nearby Jade’s Ranch and is a quick jaunt for nearby Coast Road Stables riders. So expect to share the trail with horse riders. Prepare to get a little wet at the shallow creek crossings on each end. And taking the trail from either direction, prepare for a short very steep climb. Take time to enjoy the ocean views.
Cowboy, though so short that most aren’t interested in it, is the only trail from which I’ve seen a red fox at Wilder!