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This hike is best in the spring when wildflowers, including California poppy, Mariposa lily, and wild iris, carpet the hillsides. Please note that no potable water is available at the park. Troughs provide water for horses.
Keep an eye out for bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes and mountain lions. Also golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and California quail.
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This Open Space Preserve has over eight miles of connected trails with amazing views including Diablo Range and Mt. Hamilton. Hiking here is like stepping back in time to the California of old. Only 30 minutes from downtown San Jose, the preserve’s winding trails offer long-ranging views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Diablo Range, Mt. Hamilton and Pacheco Pass. It’s a fabulous place for an early morning hike in the summer months and anytime of day the rest of the year. The various trails wind through native grasslands, live and valley oak woodlands, sage-chaparral scrub, and creekside habitats. It is also a spectacular place to see spring wildflowers. For an easy hike, try the one mile segment of the Bald Peaks Trail which connects the Catamount Trail to create a loop around the preserve. Please note that dogs are not allowed on any of these trails. There is limited bike and equestrian access.
After POST transferred the property to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, the 4,685-acre Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve was opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks and Longwall Canyon trails. Now you can hike Rancho Cañada del Oro to explore its network of trails.