San Juan Bautista De Anza Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews

San Juan Bautista De Anza Trail is a 5.3 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.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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.)

29 days ago

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!

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

kids had a blast

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3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Nice, moderate incline hike with spectacular views. Views of the Pinnacles to the east, Fremont's Peak and the Salinas Valley to the south, and the Santa Cruz Mountains and San Juan Valley to the north are all 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 chaparral, 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.

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7 months ago

Starts off steep but levels out.

trail running
9 months ago

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

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10 months ago

10 months ago

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Thursday, February 05, 2015

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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.