Mora Trail-Chamise Trail & back.
About 6.5 miles. Let's see how the pacing is for the group. I'd like to keep the hike to around 2 hours or so and get back to the cars before it gets dark.
• This will be an out & back hike, so at any time you may turn back (if you're short on time or just want a shorter hike)
• Please take a look at the park map below & spend a few minutes to familiarize yourselves with the entrance meeting point & route. Print the map if you don't already have it as no maps at the entrance we will be starting at.
WHERE TO MEET
• @Gate RS10 where water tank is -Refer to map below. (mora trail).
• We will be starting at the Mora entrance which is a 'backdoor' to the park.
• There are no parking lots at this entrance. This park is super popular 7 days a week and parking is ALWAYS an issue. (The main parking lots at other entrances are usually always full). Highly recommend carpooling. Account for extra time for finding a parking spot down the hill 1-2 blocks away in a residential area.
• This is a really popular & beautiful park with lots of wildlife (ie deer, wild turkeys, squirrels/chipmunks).
No bathrooms until about 1 mile into hike.
WHAT TO BRING
• Water (some of the hike is shaded & some exposed)
ABOUT THE PARK
Rancho County Park
At Rancho San Antonio County Park, the most popular activities are jogging and hiking. Stretching bars are available at the restroom parking area and equestrian staging area. The park provides hiking, bicycling, and equestrian trails, which connect with additional trails within the Open Space Preserve. Bicycles are restricted to designated trails only, and are not permitted west of Deer Hollow Farm. Similarly, equestrians are limited to the equestrian staging area and Coyote Trail, within the County Park.
The South Meadow area, located in the County Park and adjacent to the parking areas, provides opportunities for informal play on a "rough grass" area. Non-gas powered model airplane enthusiasts use a staging area adjacent to the parking lots near the park entrance for take-offs and landings and fly their aircraft above the South Meadow area. The equestrian staging area is also located adjacent to the South Meadow, which includes a horse-watering trough.
The preserve's extensive 23 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, To get to the northern part of the preserve from the valley floor, take the 2.1-mile Chamise Trail, which ascends gradually to a tranquil, secluded meadow in the Duveneck Windmill Pasture Area. This was once the location of a picturesque windmill from former ranch days when cattle freely roamed the hillsides. Visitors can now picnic amid fields of grass in the shadow of Monte Bello Ridge and Black Mountain. A major part of this area was a gift from Frank and Josephine Duveneck, and adjoins Hidden Villa Ranch, a non-profit environmental education facility.
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. An additional attraction is the restored Grant Cabin, furnished to represent living conditions in the late 1800s.
If your plans change, please chg your RSVP as soon as possible as to be considerate for those who want to attend. We understand things happen, but if one changes their RSVP within 24 hours of the event, it will be noted as a no-show. A pattern of this may result in getting banned from future walks/events.
Please show up on-time and please don't post any messages on the morning of the hike or minutes before the hike asking the grp to wait for you or that you're on the way. I do not log onto my acct remotely.