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Wildcat Canyon Loop is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cupertino, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 872 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Escape the crowds and take in the sights on this loop at the popular park west of Cupertino. Upper Wildcat Canyon is one of the prettiest sections of the park. The trail also climbs to impressive vistas looking out over the South Bay from the Rogue Valley sections of the loop. This route at Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Reserve ventures beyond the popular sections of the park to offer a diverse introduction to the terrain on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Rancho, as the locals call it, draws big crowds with its abundance of flat trails and attractions at Deer Park Farm, but few visitors venture deeper into the wilds of this park seen on this loop hike. Best times to go: Spring wildflowers and winter vistas are the most inviting; autumn will have a touch of fall color; summer will be hot in the exposed areas, but fairly cool in the covered canyons.

South Meadow Trail connects the two parking lots at Rancho San Antonio. If you can find a spot in the main lot, you can skip this section of the hike. Watch for poison oak on narrow sections of trail. Use sunscreen and bring enough water and snacks to maintain your energy level. Dress in layers: The hike goes from cool canyons to warm open terrain and back. Contact: (650) 691-1200. Park hours: Sunrise to sunset. Dogs are not allowed. Driving directions: From I-280 take the Foothill Boulevard exit and go south on Foothill to Cristo Rey Drive (less than a quarter mile). Go right on Cristo Rey for about a mile, veer right around the traffic circle, and turn left into the County Park entrance.

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Tanya Kats
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HikingBugs

Ok trail with some elevation... dry, dusty and hot in May.

Ezwan Azizul
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Hiking

Dusty and windy

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Felicia Hwung
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Hiking

Mostly flat!

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Arian Faurtosh
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Hiking

Trail path was nice, most of the time very wide. The incline/decline is a very small degree, barely noticeable which I liked. The trail has people but definitely not over crowded at all. The only thing I wish I would’ve know is that at peak elevation, there isn’t a good photo or view. So if you’re trying to take a nice pic for Instagram, find some along the way, don’t wait till you get to the top.

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Katryna Kviatkevich
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Hiking

Great local trail both for hiking and trail running. I did it 1/19/20 and saw no issue with mud.

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Deborah Simon
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Hiking

Just a little mud, overall great trail and not many people for most of it.

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Vy Ly
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Hiking

Nice and easy. Good workout and views at the top

Josh Kunz
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sujee Sel
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Hiking

Did this on 12/26. Pretty nice and shaded trail. Not too muddy. Kinda cold under the shade.

Nancy Wang
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Walking

beautiful forested trails. lots of people in the beginning but much quieter as you get onto the actual loop

David Sanabria
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Hiking

lots of wildlife. beautiful

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Saj Da
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Hiking

Been going there past couple of weeks...a lot of deer, wild turkeys and rabbits. Nice trail with a lot people... I like it that way.

Bratty Batma’am
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Hiking

One of my favorites!

Hieu Do
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HikingBugs

so many mosquitoes

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Anastasia Dubova
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Hiking

There were many mosquitoes. I met a snake and many runners. And I didn’t meet mountain lions :) Good trail, great view for a valley

Anastasia Dubova
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Gauri Wat
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Beautiful and scenic trail ,wherein you walk along the river and into the dense forest. The trail gains a gradual elevation at the start and moderate elevation to reach 'Vista Point'. From Vista Point you descend and reach Deer Hollow Farm. Wildlife Spotted- Turkey (you will see lot of Turkey on the trail) Rabbits Squirrels

Rebecca Payne
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There is a long heavily trafficked section at the beginning on a very child friendly paved trail...once you get past this it is okay and more moderately trafficked.

Pierre-Marie Poitevin
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HikingMuddy

Today I was able to explore the Rancho San Antonio County Park. This winter has been very rainy in California, so this was also the first hike of the year for me. I went pretty fast and it was done in about 1.5 hours. I did it clockwise, which is the other way compared to the the way described on this page. I had a great time, saw some turkeys and other birds! I did a more complete review there: https://medium.com/@poitevinpm/review-of-wildcat-canyon-loop-f74ef47646ad

Haruka Fukukawa
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Cheyenne Grant
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Hiking

Easy walk, lots of paths, decent views, but no parking

Gordon B.
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Hiking

This is the single most crowded trail system I've ever tried to hike on in the Bay Area. There are at least 4 massive parking lots, all of which will be full on a weekend with a long line of cars trying to get in. The trail is hardly better – you're practically shoulder to shoulder with others. It does get better the further you out you go, but it still ranks as way, way too crowded for my tastes. There are so many other trails in the same area that are practically empty, I'm not sure why anyone would go here.

DrJ atHMHBI
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awesome hike. lots of coverage. lots of people but still worth it. nice that trailed are being used. easy to follow. well marked. would go back. seems like it would be a great running trail.

Anu Bharadwaj
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Was a sweet climb, not too hard, but a good workout

Mitzi Soriano
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Hiking

70% shaded trail. Easy and well maintained. Gradual ascent and descent throughout.

Maria Padilla
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Hiking

nice hike. better to do early on hot day.

Kaia Wang
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Hiking

Completed within 3 hours. Many zigzags and wildflowers! An enjoyable and energizing trail.

TingPing Chen
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Hiking

Great hike with a good amount of shade. Lots of up and down slopes which provides a substantial work out. Relatively popular but not overly crowded. Parking is a challenge so do beware.

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