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Rancho Cañada del Oro Information

This hike is best in winter and spring, with the creeks and vegetation renewed from recent storms.

Watch for:

Keep an eye out for bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes and mountain lions. It's also a great place to see wildflowers in the spring.

Hiking Details for Rancho Cañada del Oro

Distance: 5.8 miles

Elevation change: 1,460′ elevation gain

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Trail surface: hard-packed dirt

Best Season: Winter, Spring

Managing agency: Open Space Authority

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: Rancho Cañada del Oro has over 12 miles of trails offering amazing views of nearby Loma Prieta, the highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Follow trails that wind through native grasslands, oak woodlands, sage-chaparral scrub and creekside habitats. It’s also a spectacular place to see spring wildflowers.

For a moderate-to-hard 5.8-mile loop hike, head to the preserve entrance and turn right onto Little Llagas Creek Trail. Follow this for 1.5 miles to Bald Peaks Trail. Continue on the Bald Peaks Trail for about 2 miles before turning left onto Catamount Trail and descending into the Longwall Canyon. (There’s a picnic table on the Catamount Trail that’s a great spot to stop and have a snack — you’ve made it over half way!) Finish the hike by turning left onto Longwall Canyon Trail and enjoy views of the creek as you head back to the parking lot.

Directions to Rancho Cañada del Oro

From Highway 101 South, take the Bailey Avenue exit west. Then turn left onto McKean Road. Turn right onto Casa Loma Road. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left.

More about Rancho Cañada Del Oro Preserve

POST protected this property in 1999 and soon after transferred ownership to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for permanent management. The 4,685-acre Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve was then opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks and Longwall Canyon trails.

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