We love this park and trail we did last October, we're hosting it again for those who'd like a pleasant local hike:
Easy to moderate 5.5 mile loop in a beautiful park, one where we've seen lots of wildlife in the past. This park is popular around Deer Hollow Farm, but after that point (3/4 mile out), there are fewer people and more animals/birds. Good hike for beginners! Partially shaded but mostly exposed.
Hike details: http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/rancho.html
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 5.5 mile loop hike is easy/moderate, with about 800 feet in elevation change. Trailhead elevation is around 350 feet. The hike is flat for about 1 mile, climbs on a moderate grade to about 1045 feet, descends to about 330 feet, and returns to the trailhead on a level grade.
Some shade but mostly exposed.
From Interstate 280 in Santa Clara County, exit #13 Foothill Expressway. Drive south on Foothill Boulevard and take the first right on Cristo Rey Drive. Drive about 1 mile and turn left into the park.
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
22500 Cristo Rey Dr
Los Altos, CA 94024
Does anyone know a nice place for lunch nearby?