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Rancho Cañada del Oro Hike Information

This hike is best in winter and spring, with the creeks and vegetation renew from recent storms.

Watch for:

Keep an eye out for bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes and mountain lions. It's also a great place to see wildflowers in the spring.

Hiking Details for Rancho Cañada del Oro

Distance: 5.5 miles

Elevation change: 1,460′ elevation gain

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Trail surface: hard-packed dirt

Best Season: Winter, Spring

Managing agency: Open Space Authority

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: Rancho Cañada del Oro has over eight miles of trails offering amazing views of nearby Loma Prieta, the highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Follow trails that wind through native grasslands, oak woodlands, sage-chaparral scrub and creekside habitats. It’s also a spectacular place to see spring wildflowers.

For a moderate hike, follow the take Little Llagas Creek Trail for 1.5 miles to Bald Peaks Trail. Continue on the Bald Peaks Trail for about two miles before turning left on Catamount Trail and descending into the Longwall Canyon. Finish the hike by following Longwall Canyon Trail along the creek back to the parking area, creating a loop around the preserve.

Directions to the Rancho Cañada del Oro Hike

From Highway 101 South, take the Bailey Avenue exit west. Then turn left onto McKean Road. Turn right onto Casa Loma Road. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left.

More about Rancho Cañada Del Oro Preserve

POST protected this property in 1999 and soon after transferred ownership to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority for permanent management. The 4,685-acre Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve was then opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks and Longwall Canyon trails.

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