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Long Loop Hike Information

This hike is best in the spring when wildflowers, including California poppy, Mariposa lily, and wild iris, carpet the hillsides.

Watch for:

Keep an eye out for bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes and mountain lions, as well as golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and California quail.

Hiking Details for Long Loop Hike

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: This preserve has over eight miles of trails with amazing views of Mt. Hamilton and the Diablo Range. The trails 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, take Little Llagas Creek Trail to Bald Peaks Trail. Turn left on Catamount Trail and then left on Longwall Canyon trail to create a loop around the preserve. Please note that dogs are not allowed on any of these trails and there is limited bike and equestrian access.

The South Bay can get warm in the summer months, so plan to start early if hiking during this season.  The spring, with wildflowers in bloom, is our favorite time of year to visit – but it’s always a beautiful spot.

Directions to the Long Loop 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 the property 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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