Los Trancos Loop Trail

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Los Trancos Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Altos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.7 miles
452 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

no dogs

The San Andreas Fault runs nearly the length of the state. See it up close and personal. Most Bay Area residents have felt the earth move-quite literally. You probably know that the San Andreas Fault runs nearly the length of the state. But did you know that you can see the fault for yourself? As you follow the lines of posts that mark the various fault breaks in the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve, you can find out what's happening when you feel that temblor underfoot. You may be surprised to see some of the effects of earthquakes in this otherwise tranquil Santa Cruz Mountain spot.

1 day ago

A little buggy, but overall a nice and relaxing hike

7 months ago

great walk but at the end we saw the sign saying no dogs! so maybe remove the dog friendly tag.

Monday, April 25, 2016

This is a fairly easy trail with many short sections. A 3+ mile loop will only gain about 400' in elevation. A couple of nice views but mostly you're in a mixed forest. The San Andreas Fault trail, a loop, will take you by a fence which has shifted over 3' from the ground movement of the '06 quake. When leaving the trail head closest to Skyline, take the left hand route and you'll see the best view you will see while on the hike. This is a good hike for someone not looking for a lot of elevation gain. It's not flat by any means but probably one of the flattest hikes in an area with lots of hills. It gets 4 stars for being relatively flat and for the earthquake loop.

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