Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Location: Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County
Hike Date: 2020, January 24, Friday, 01:00 pm
Hike Stats: 8 miles, 3 hours 30 min, 1705 feet elevation gain

Gear:
* Shoes: Patagonia Drifter (Vibram)
* Tracking: Garmin Forerunner 235
* Trekking Poles: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z
* Hydration Pack: CamelBak Women’s 2016 Day Star 18

“The preserve is in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in South Santa Clara County. A glistening creek runs along the Llagas Meadow and deer, bobcat, mountain lions, and other wildlife roam throughout the preserve. In the spring months, wildflowers adorn the meadow and hillsides. Recreation amenities include parking for cars and horse trailers, accessible restrooms, and picnic tables.” (text source: openspaceauthority)
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Windy Hill Open Space Preserve

Location: Portola Valley, San Mateo County
Hike Date:
2019, October 16, Wednesday, 10:30 am
Hike Stats: 4 miles, 2 hours 50 min, 595 feet

“Windy Hill is named for its distinctive, breezy grass-covered hilltop, which can be seen from many areas of the peninsula. The 1,335-acre preserve features open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir, and oak. Peninsula Open Space Trust, a local non-profit land trust, provided major support for the acquisition of this preserve.” (text source: mrosd)
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Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, Loop II

Location: Cupertino, Santa Clara County
Loop II: Rogue Valley – Wildcat Loop – Upper High Meadow – Upper Wildcat Canyon
Hike Date:
2017, February 16, Thursday, 2:00 pm
Hike Stats: 7 miles, 2 h 45 min, 1029 feet elevation gain

Previous Visits: 2017: March 18, March 23, April 12, June 3

Loop III: 5-mile loop via the inner Wildcat Loop Trail

Hike Dates: 2019-September-8, 2019-October-4, 2019-October-11

View from the Upper High Meadow Trail

“The preserve’s extensive 24 miles of trails are available for exploration, whether one chooses to hike (dogs, however, are NOT permitted), bike, or horseback ride. Trails can be combined to form loops of different lengths and difficulties including the 3-mile Wildcat Loop Trail and the 4-mile Black Mountain Trail.
A highlight of the preserve is Deer Hollow Farm, a working farm with turn-of-the-century ranch buildings, an organic garden and a cow, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens and other animals.” (text source: mrosd)

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Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Location: Near Redwood City, San Mateo County
Hike Date: 2017, April 20, Thursday, 12:40 pm
Hike Stats: 7.3 miles, 3.00 hours, 1280 feet elevation gain

Ridge Trail/Borell Hill “This preserve is known for its showy display of wildflowers in spring. In summer, the hills turn to gold with the late evening sunlight. Autumn, when the fog recedes, is the ideal time to enjoy the ridge views of San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains through the crisp, clean air. Winter storms occasionally dust the top of the hills with snow.” (text source: mrosd)

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Los Trancos Open Space Preserve

Location: Los Altos, Santa Clara County
Hike Date: 2017, July 28, Friday, 01:00 pm
Hike Stats: 4.7 miles, 1.45 hours, 1090 feet elevation gain

Lost Creek Loop Trail “Los Trancos Open Space Preserve is an ideal spot to learn about earthquake geology. The San Andreas Fault, one of the world’s longest and most active faults, splits the preserve. In the preserve, visitors will find a pleasant environment of rolling grassland knolls alternating with oak woodland and cool shaded forest.” (text source: mrosd)

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Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Location: Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County
Hike Date:
2017, August 6, Sunday, 10:50 am
Hike Stats: 7.0 miles, 2.5 hours, 1060 feet elevation gain

Purisima Creek “The centerpiece of this 4,711-acre preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon with its towering redwoods, rushing creek, and an understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers. Magnificent views of the coast and Half Moon Bay are visible from the northern part of the preserve.” (text source: mrosd)

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