FOM FOK Hiking Group

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve


This park offers a very wide variety of experiences. You can take totally flat, short hikes up to Deer Hollow Farm and back, or you can take long hikes, over 10 miles, climbing over 1000 feet.

There are several streams, and the shorter hikes are all under cover. The trails are all well maintained and heavily used, so there is little to worry about poison oak unless you go off trail. There are, however, a fair number of rattle snakes that have been sighted, bob cats are not uncommon, and even mountain lions have been seen. Deer and quail are plentiful, as are a wide variety of plants and other wildlife. To fully appreciate the park, stop at Deer Hollow Farm and let one of the docents give you a tour and a lot of information about the area.

This trail is east to moderate on the "Wimble Scale", depending on which trails you take. Plan on two large water bottles and one or two snacks for the longer hikes. The longer hikes will take 3 to 4 hours. There are facilities at the trail head and at Deer Hollow Farm.



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Trip Reports

Saturday, May 27, 2000

Frank, Dirk, Michael, Kathy, and Nancy take the Upper High Meadow Trail in an anti-clockwise direction. Frank gives us additional docent information about the seminary gardens and the Indian Village.

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Near the end of the Upper High Meadow Trail Nancy and Kathy have their back to the canyon, looking back towards the Silicon Valley.
Dirk, Kathy, and Nancy, at the summit.
As Kathy contemplates the beauty, Nancy receives divine inspiration.

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