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After Work Hike @Rancho San Antonio (5-6 miles)

HIKE ROUTE

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.

MAP

http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_rancho_san_antonio.pdf 

WHAT TO BRING

• snacks

• 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.

OSP
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.

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  • DEAN ALLEN J.

    In the past, I have had trouble locating some meetup groups. In order to make it easier for those who may not be familiar with a particular location, it's best to post the street names at the nearest intersection or cross street or provide the name of a prominent feature such as the end of a street or of a nearby corporate campus. If these features aren't available, one should post the GPS coordinates of the entry gate and of the parking area if they are in different locations. If parking spaces are limited, or, if one must pay in order to park, or, if one can only park in nearby residential areas, that information should be provided with the meetup announcement.

    September 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the Meetup @ Rancho San Antonio! Good to meet all the people in the group. Parking was a little limited. I found hike to be moderate & enjoyable

    September 13, 2014

  • sabryna

    Got yo the trailhead but everyone had left. Didn't know what trail y'all did so hiked 3 miles by myself

    September 10, 2014

    • Stl

      @sabryna--sorry we missed you. We were at the Mora entrance from 5pm -5:15pm and didn't start til 5:15pm. Were you at the correct entrance (there are multiple entrances as mentioned in narrative). Anyway...I'm glad you were able to enjoy the park still.

      September 11, 2014

  • Justin

    Good hike. Sandy was right, it was 4.5 miles total.

    September 10, 2014

    • Stl

      @Justin--I calculated at home and got around 5.5. :) So i guess approx. 5. Heat can make a huge diff in slowly us down & we kinda hiked at a leisure pace. Justin we'll have to set up some future hikes here when it cools down substantially. :)

      September 11, 2014

    • Justin

      oh really? Looks like we've both calculated 4.5 and 5.5. lol I checked again and I got 4.5 again. I would like to think it was 5.5, at least that's what it felt like. :)

      September 11, 2014

  • Johanna

    Could you tell me if this is a low or moderate hike?

    July 24, 2014

    • Stl

      @johanna-for me it's moderate but that depends on everyone's fitness & activity level. Click on the map above & you can view the trail & elevation

      1 · September 10, 2014

    • Johanna

      Thank you SAnDee!

      September 10, 2014

  • sabryna

    Oh in the description above doesn't say what trail

    September 10, 2014

  • sabryna

    Got yo the trailhead but everyone had left. Didn't know what trail y'all did so hiked 3 miles by myself

    September 10, 2014

  • Tanya

    Could not find the trailhead. Hiked in the hilly neighborhood instead. Saw two turkeys and five deer in someone’s backyard, and a deer in front of a house. :)

    September 10, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Thanks for a very nice hike Sandy. The south bay always welcomes you with a little warmth to get out of the cold.

    September 10, 2014

  • Stl

    Thanks for coming out folks. It was nice meeting you all. Yikes--93*F when we began the hike and 2 hours later when we completed the hike it was still hot, 80*F! I'll have to return in the winter. :)

    September 10, 2014

  • Brian

    Sandy,

    Can you say what trails we're going on? Hard to estimate elevation gain w/o knowing that. Thanks

    September 10, 2014

    • Stl

      Trail listed above under 'hike route' in narrative

      September 10, 2014

  • Brian

    Can you estimate the elevation gain for the hike?

    September 9, 2014

    • Stl

      @Brian -click on the map above to view

      September 10, 2014

  • Stl

    Does anyone know how the traffic is on 85 at 4:30pm? I'm not from the area so just wanted to make sure i've got enough cushion time.

    September 10, 2014

  • Stl

    Hi folks--pls update your RSVP if you don't plan on coming tomorrow. Pls take a couple of minutes to look at the map link above so you can familiarize yourself w/ where we will be meeting, esp if you've not been to this park before. Please allow extra time to scout for parking in this "residential" entrance. I've not been here on a weeknight but i know it's always hard to park, whichever entrance one starts at. WOW--it's hot down there...so i'm not used to the "heatwave" ....hopefully my big hat will help. Most of you probably live in the area, so you'll prob know to bring lots of h20. We will start on time. Latecomers can catch up.

    September 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interest in knowing if anyone is carpooling from San Jose

    September 9, 2014

  • Justine

    Hi, I'm wondering which trail this hike will be on. Thanks!

    July 27, 2014

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