Hike in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve || Rogue Valley – Wildcat Loop – Upper High Meadow – Upper Wildcat Canyon

Hike Date: 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 16, 2017
7 miles, 2 h 45 min, 1029 feet
(Repeat Visits: March 18, 2017 || March 23, 2017 || April 12, 2017 || June 3, 2017
5-mile loop taking the inner Wildcat Loop: September 8, 2019 || October 4, 2019 || October 11, 2019)

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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Hike in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve || PG&E – Wildcat – Coyote Loop Trail

Hike Date: July 12, 2015
3.8 miles, 1.5 hours, 928 feet
(Repeat Visit: May 14, 2016 – Added the High Meadow Trail to the loop)

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

After attempting a hike for the first time, alone at the PG&E Trail, I was quite upbeat about the whole affair and started pestering Sandip about checking out the trail. Only this time, we were more prepared (hiking shoes, water, sun protection hats). [With every hike, we have been learning and improving about how to hike with minimal stuff on our backs and dress adequately for the time of the day.]

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First Hike Ever, Solo, in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve || PG&E Trail

Hike Date: June 26, 2015

(For my later hikes in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, see “Hike: PG&E – Wildcat – Coyote Loop Trail” and “Hike: Rogue Valley – Wildcat Loop – Upper High Meadow – Upper Wildcat Canyon“.)

I have for long been a member of various outdoor meetup groups but never really participated in any of the activities. But I did take one advantage of the membership without going for a meetup – the constant email notifications from the different groups kept me abreast of the trails people were heading out to from time to time.

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