San Juan Bautista De Anza Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

San Juan Bautista De Anza Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Juan Bautista, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Seaside, CA: The access Juan Bautista de Anza NHT starts at the Creekside Access point on the Fort Ord Public Lands located on the north side of State Route 68. (Across from the access point and south of SR 68 is Toro Creek County Park, which is the tie-in point to the rest of the Anza Trail that stretches from Sonora, Mexico, to San Francisco, California.)

hiking
1 month ago

amazing uphill hike , loved it with my boyfriend we seen amazing small blue crystallized rocks, snakes , milk thistles, wild berrys and the view was so beautiful from up top . loved it!

1 month ago

This is a perfect evening hike the 1st 2 miles are uphill But worth the view.

1 month ago

Great trail for trail running/ hill workout. Not too steep and good footing.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike with kids, uphill the first 2 miles but worth the views.

2 months ago

excellent work out trail. it's all uphill at first and the views are amazing. historic trail.

hiking
3 months ago

4/2018 Update: I have come here quite a few times with my dogs now, they love it and I have never encountered any problems having them off leash. We finally finished the whole trail which is about 8 miles out and back. It’s really beautiful on the other side of the ridge, I would highly recommend it, especially in the spring. The wildflowers are wonderful and at the bottom of the incline you can look up to the high ridges and see some incredible granite formations that remind you how close you are to Pinnacles National Park. You will have to hike back up of course, but i still think it is pretty moderate.

3/2017: Nice, moderate incline hike with spectacular views. Views of Fremont's Peak and the Salinas Valley are visible from different points on the trail, which starts off as an exposed, uphill climb, but levels off around the mile and a half point with sparse but rewarding bits of shade offering some coastal oak grassland, ferns and wildflowers to boot. The surrounding hills and canyons are covered with oak. My only complaint is the faint smell of cow manure as the trail winds through cow fields, and also the wideness and condition of the trail, which is a bit torn up from vehicles and the recent rains. I only went to the second bench which is around the 2.5 mile mark, but I would like to go back and explore further. On a late Tuesday morning I passed a group of horseback riders and three other hikers, though it was very quiet otherwise. I'm sure points past the second bench offer more solitude. Plenty of parking and a port-a-potty at the trailhead, and also some signage about the history of the Anza Expedition, which this trail is a section of. Signs instruct you to keep dogs on leash, but I let my well behaved dog off around the 1 mile marker and encountered no issues, and encountered others doing the same with their friendly dogs.

hiking
5 months ago

Great workout. The first 1.5 miles is the tuffest. It is worth it to keep going. Beautiful views and something different around every corner. This was my second time Feb. 1st. It was even more beautiful with the hills being green than it was in June. I can’t wait to go back when the Dogwood trees are in bloom.

7 months ago

Really good uphill walk :) once you hike up high enough the views into the valley become very beautiful and there are more oaks on sides of trail. Really nice casual local place to get out for a walk, run , or ride.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Local trail, great throughout all of the seasons. Moderately strenuous climbs in and out of the full trail. Occasional wildlife, and common sightings of livestock. Great trail!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dog loved it and easy enough for the whole family. Beautiful views..

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

kids had a blast

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Great uphill walk, spectacular views! Never very many people there, either, which is nice.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Starts off steep but levels out.

trail running
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Great trail to run. 2.5 up almost 900feet. Not too steep.

hiking
Friday, January 03, 2014

Dog and horse friendly trail. Approx 2.5 miles to the second bench at top of hill ( first bench .75 mile marker) with total 900 ft climb. Trails continues on past the 2.5 for the curious. Great trail for a quick hike. Very popular so if you want solitude go past the 2.5 marker... Everyone seems to turn around at the bench.

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