On this moderate to strenuous 4-mile excursion, you’ll explore the Mayfair Ranch – Longwall Canyon trails of Rancho Cañada del Oro. Expect around 500 ft. of gradual incline/elevation.
This wonderful preserve rests in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range and is a hub for wildlife, such as deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and more! In the Spring, you can expect a colorful array of wildflowers adorning the hillsides, and you may get a chance to see a beautiful little creek running through Llagas meadow.
Sturdy walking shoes & your own water bottle is recommended. Please bring hiking poles if you think you need them. To ensure all our guests are comfortable, we ask that your four-legged friends stay home (this preserve is an active grazing site!). If you are a minor, ensure that you are accompanied by a parent or a guardian for the entirety of the hike. *Please note that this hike is subject to cancellation depending on rain/inclement weather*
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This event is part of POST’s community event series. These events are open to the general public as well as POST donors, and we hope you will join us! We also curate a separate series of private events for our donor community. Learn more about how you can support POST here: openspacetrust.org/support
The 3,882-acre Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks Trail (1.0 mile) and the Longwall Canyon Trail (2.0 miles). Multiple upgrades to the preserve include:
2005 – A paved parking area with space for horse trailers, a restroom and picnic tables
2007 – The Mayfair Ranch Trail (3.1 miles) and the Catamount Trail (1.7 miles), which connect to the higher-elevation trails and enable mountain bike use.
Also, the paved, whole access Llagas Creek Loop Trail (0.5 mile) which offers a nature experience for visitors with limited mobility. Information provided by the Open Space Authority.
Peninsula Open Space Trust protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since 1977, POST has protected over 78,000 acres of open space, farmland, and parkland.