Rancho San Antonio is situated in the 3,800-acre Open Space Preserve, combined with the adjoining 165-acre County Park, which offers visitors a unique experience with a sampling of diverse environments and a variety of activities. A highlight of the preserve is Deer Hollow Farm, a working farm with a cow, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, other animals, and an organic garden as well as numerous turn-of-the-century ranch buildings.
For additional info on the park, go to: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/pr_rancho_san_antonio.asp
HOW TO GET THERE: From I-280, north or south, take the Foothill Boulevard exit and proceed south on Foothill Boulevard approximately 0.2-mile to Cristo Rey Drive. Turn right on Cristo Rey Drive, continue for about 1 mile, veer right around the traffic circle, and turn left into the County Park entrance. There are several parking lots, but for this walk, you'd want to stay on Rancho San Antonio Service Rd, and drive to the parking lot with a restroom.
Meetup Location: We'll meet in front of the restroom at County Park's parking area (indicated by a red arrow in the pic below; also see the Google map for driving instructions) facing the trail head rather than the lawn area on the opposite side. Your host Mikiko will be there wearing a Meetup badge and a green hat.
Our walk: First. we'll take the flat trail from the parking lot to the farm area, then depending how the participants feel, we can venture up the hills a little bit to gain some elevation. We'll keep our walk relatively mild in elevation gain (less than 300 ft), about 5 miles or less total, approx. 2 hours or less. Some parts of the trail are shaded by the trees and some parts are exposed. So make sure to bring the sun protection. This walk is co-listed with the South Bay Walking Meetup Group.
Bring water, sun screen, and layer of clothing. Your furry friends need to stay home as this park includes equestrian trails.
After the hike, we can go to optional lunch at Alotta’s Delicatessen on Grant Rd, Los Altos, or someplace in downtown Los Altos.