Trail To San Antone
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Rancho San Antonio County Park & Open Space Preserve offers visitors a unique experience with a sampling of diverse environments, interesting cultural history and a variety of activities. The area features over 25 miles of trail throughout the 3,988-acre open space preserve and adjoining 165-acre county park.
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. Equestrians are limited to the equestrian staging area and Coyote Trail, within the county park.
This four-mile trail climbs through chaparral, grassland, and oak woodland to the top of Black Mountain, connecting with Monte Bello Preserve. From the top of the 2,800-foot Black Mountain, there are views west into Stevens Creek Canyon, the open space lands along Skyline Ridge and across Santa Clara Valley.
This trail provides challenging 3.7-mile hike with a 1,600-foot elevation gain, following the path of electrical towers up Black Mountain. Hikers are rewarded with great views of the Bay Area and the western foothills. Combine with Wildcat Canyon or Upper High Meadow Trails for a longer loop.
A popular route for hikers and joggers, this this three-mile loop trail follows a creek into a cool, fern-walled narrow canyon, ascends through chaparral to open meadows on the middle ridge, and loops back to Deer Hollow Farm. Lupine, poppies, and patches of blue-eyed grass bloom in the meadows in spring. Visitors can pause or picnic here and, on a clear day, enjoy spectacular views of Mount Tamalpais to the north and Mount Hamilton to the east.
Carpool parking Lot 1 (at the Coyote Trail trailhead) is reserved for carpools of three or more individuals on weekends and holidays. ADA-accessible spaces and equestrian trailer parking are not subject to carpool restrictions.
Wildlife abounds at Rancho San Antonio Preserve. Visitors may see deer grazing in the meadow and flocks of wild turkeys along the trail. Raptors soar overhead and the preserve's many trees provide habitat for a variety of birds.
Bike to Rancho!When you ride your bike to Rancho San Antonio you can use a bicycle-friendly route away from the main entrance and park at one of the many bicycle racks we have installed at multiple trailheads throughout the preserve. Download a map highlighting our bicycle-friendly entrance and bicycle rack locations, or use this link to map a route to our bicycle friendly entrance.
Midpen trails and facilities are generally very safe. However, you are entering an environment where there are some naturally occurring hazards. Reasonable caution and common sense should be utilized when venturing into any outdoor environment.
Know your limits: The reason we include trail info, such as distance and elevation gain, is so that you can plan according to your physical condition. Beyond that, always wear sunscreen, insect repellent, and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes. For instance, these trail-runners have the perfect balance of breathability and terrain grip.
Each site is separated by about 2.5 miles of trail that wind through farmland, small neighborhoods, and city parks, with plenty of rest stops along the way so you can grab a bite to eat or refill your water.
This moderately challenging hike is located in Eisenhower Park, just 25 minutes from downtown San Antonio, and offers a respite from the concrete trails found closer to the city center with its rocky terrain and steep climbs.
Boasting by far the most challenging terrain of any place on this list, the Flat Rock Ranch loop is designated primarily for serious mountain bikers, with special exceptions made for trail running events.
As Buckley swung along upon the trail he felt the beginning of the suffocating constriction about his throat, the cold sweat under the brim of his hat, the old, shameful, dreaded sinking of his heart as it went down, down, down in his bosom.
Every Spring, Navarro, senior partner, fifty-five, half Spanish, cosmopolitan, able, polished, had "gone on" to New York to buy goods. This year he shied at taking up the long trail. He was undoubtedly growing older; and he looked at his watch several times a day before the hour came for his siesta. 2b1af7f3a8