hiking

walking

wild flowers

trail running

views

no dogs

birding

nature trips

wildlife

Rancho San Antonio County Park is a popular park in the South Bay Area that offers 29 miles of hiking, trail running, cycling, and equestrian trails that connect to the nearby San Antonio Ranch Open Space Preserve. Several challenging trails through this park lead to Black Mountain, whose summit is located in adjacent Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. The trail system goes through a variety of diverse environments including valleys, creeks, and ridges. The park is best suited for hiking and trail running. The PG&E Trail is a popular trail for runners. This trail stretches along rolling hills and electricity towers and provides a good cardio workout. Other popular trails include Wildcat Canyon Loop, Coyote Trail, Deer Hollow Farm Trail, which is great for kids, and the various trails that lead to Black Mountain, from Hidden Villa Trailhead and Rhus Ridge Trailhead. The park also provides opportunities for bikers and equestrians with cycling and equestrian trails and there is a large equestrian staging area. Bikes are only permitted on paved trails such as the Rancho San Antonio Trail. Horses are limited to the staging area the Coyote Trail, a;though horses are permitted on most trails within the Open Space Preserve. The South Meadow area adjacent to the staging area has a water trough for horses. The North Meadow area, across Permanente Creek from the parking area, has four tennis courts, a few picnic tables, and barbecues. Deer Hollow Farm, managed by the City of Mountain View, has farm animals, making it a great family activity. There are multiple parking lots in the park, however the parking lot can get crowded on weekends so it is best to get there early. Dogs are not allowed in the park.

Amazing views of nature, wildlife, and even a small farm.

Plenty of parking with water fountains throughout trails.

trail running
16 days ago

Starting from the main parking lot it’s a fun 7.1 mile run. It begins with a mile of flat for warmup and then progress into a 2 1/2 mile climb to the top. Once at the top you have 3 miles of Technicial down hill through a mostly shade trail to deer hollow. And them finishing in the parking lot.

lots of up and down. tiring but worth the effort

hiking
19 days ago