Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve Loop Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cupertino, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The trails are heavily trafficked during the weekends. Parking is also a challenge if you don't arrive early enough (before or around sunrise). I had an Asian woman behind me on the trail and she kept on Facetime-ing, loudly, for a good 10-15 minutes before I finally managed to shake her off by picking up the pace.
The trails are dusty, but shaded almost 50% of the way. Change in elevation can be pretty steep for some, but the views from vantage points at the top are pretty amazing. Overall, the landscape is all about the undulating hills, the flora and a few deers representing fauna.
Do put on sunscreen and feel free to ditch your hiking shoes/boots for something as light as a running shoe.
Wide open spaces with not much traffic during the week. Did it mid afternoon on a weds. Some pretty good climbs to stretch your legs out. Not much cover to stay out of the sun.
Great place with an awesome view and a variety of wildlife.
My favorite training hike!
Great place, many ups and downs, pretty strenuous in the heat of the day.
what a beautiful trail....
Good training hike for beginners trying to improve. It's very steap, minimal shade, so wear sunblock and a good attitude. It's challenging to get up the steap hills. We did the PG&E trail. You can turn off early down to follow the creek to the farm area, or proceed up into peak area (very sunny, very steap) so if possible, bring water.
Pge trail is awesome it's like some 8 miles with ups and down, and mostly the hike is shadowed. All in all amazing.