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New Meetup: Rancho San Antonio

From: Lori T
Sent on: Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:19 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group!

What: Rancho San Antonio

When: Saturday, December 18,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Rancho San Antonio - St. Joseph entrance
1160 Saint Joseph Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024

Rancho San Antonio is a beautiful and diverse open space reserve, but can be crowded due to its location close to urban areas. Winter is a good time to hike here with a group, as there will be fewer people on the trails. Also, to ensure we can all find parking, we'll start this hike at the Saint Joseph entrance. Note the meeting location at Montclaire Elementary School at 1160 Saint Joseph Avenue.

About Rancho San Antonio:
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve offers 24 miles of trails and a number of plant communities and wildlife habitats, including riparian, coast live oak woodlands, central coast scrub and grassy meadows. Visitors are likely to see quail, rabbits and deer on every visit, and the occasional bobcat or coyote.

Hike Description
We'll make an approximately 8 mile loop beginning with a short walk through the residential neighborhood to reach the preserve entrance. A short, but somewhat steep uphill climb will bring us to the water tank. From there we will follow the very pretty and mostly flat Coyote Trail to the Wildcat Loop trail (restroom available at this junction). We'll climb gently but steadily up through Wildcat Canyon until we reach High Meadow Trail. After passing through the meadow area, we'll have our rest stop at the Vista Point for a stunning view of the Bay. We'll descend on a different section of Wildcat Loop and then follow Rogue Valley Trail to Deer Hollow Farm. We'll pass through the Farm area slowly to check out the animals and garden. From the Farm, we'll return to our starting point via the Lower Meadow Trail. Total time should be about 3.5 hours.

Optional Lunch afterwards at Alottas Deli 2249, Grant Road

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