Rancho Cañada Del Oro Open Space Preserve

California, United States
 (2 votes, 2 reviews)
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Bailey Avenue and McKean Road in south Santa Clara County. The valley climate is cool and bright in the winter and hot during the summer months. The 3,882-acre preserve was opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks and Longwall Canyon trails.   From April 16 through September 15 preserve hours are 6 a.m. to sunset. From September 16 through April 15 the preserve is open from 7 a.m. to sunset. The preserve provides several horse troughs but no water for human consumption is available.

Trails

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Mayfair Ranch Trail at Rancho Canada del Oro
Strenuous hike promises great views of the rugged backcountry southwest of San Jose, California
Difficult
8.0 mi/
12.9 km
Guides
Mayfair Ranch Trail at Rancho Canada del Oro
Mayfair Ranch Trail at Rancho Canada del Oro
Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve, California, United States
Difficult: 8.0 miles, Half day
Strenuous hike promises great views of the rugged backcountry southwest of San Jose, California
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Rancho Canada Del Oro Hike
by antonyw on Nov 29, 2009
Mountain Home, California, United States
6.4 miles
Woke up earlier than the ranger so I was the first into the park this morning.  On the way up to the park I saw the most Turkeys I've ever seen on Casa Loma Rd,  probably over 100 of them in three different groups.  Two males were strutting their stuff and putting on a good show for the ladies.  Once in the park proper I didn't see as much wildlife down in the lower meadows...
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Baldy Ryan Creek Stroll
by antonyw on Feb 27, 2010
Mountain Home, California, United States
2.3 miles
A nice hike with my daughter in Rancho Canada this afternoon.  We managed to get in a mini hike but turned back short of our goal with foreboding black clouds coming in.  We were searching for salamanders and newts but ended up with just a milliepede find which was fine as Alex was entirely thrilled with that. Love this park... usually not very busy and puts on some great flower and wildlife shows most every...
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Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space
by pcmasten on Oct 27, 2010
San Jose, California, United States
7.8 miles
This is an 8 mile moderate hike with a 1800 ft elevation change.Rancho Canada del Oro is a relatively new (2004) open space park located in south San Jose, Ca. The park consists of over 8 miles of connected trails and also connects with Calero county park for even more hiking.We started at the parking lot (facilities / maps available) and proceeded on the Mayfair Ranch trail. This trail starts the climb...
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Mayfair Ranch Trail (Rancho Canada del Oro)
by Vaudesir on Sep 13, 2009
San Jose, California, United States
4.3 miles
A quick hike in beautiful Rancho Canada del Oro OSP on a late afternoon, hoping to see the first tarantulas of the season.Rancho Canada del Oro is a great little park, not very well known, located in the south of Santa Clara county, between Uvas and Calero. It is remote and thus less crowded than other parks.From the parking lot, I took the Mayfair Ranch trail, which is a (relatively) new and...
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Busted
by smittylube on Mar 15, 2009
Mountain Home, California, United States
8.0 miles
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Del Oro Loop
by antonyw on Jun 30, 2012
Morgan Hill, California, United States
7.9 miles
A quick hike to test out the hamstring some more.  Ok on the uphills,  a little sore on the downhills but overall not too bad.  Met a cool SCCOSA tech that was on her own loop.  Good little chat about wildflowers we saw and found out that the tarantulas are out already... wooo! 
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Mud in your face ride
by hesechey on Feb 09, 2009
Mountain Home, California, United States
6.8 miles
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Canada killer ride
by hesechey on Jan 21, 2009
9.1 miles
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Rancho Cañada del Oro Loop 2-28
by SJDave on Feb 28, 2010
Mountain Home, California, United States
7.8 miles
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Letshike Mayfair Ranch & Serpentine Loop Trails
by eYeks on Mar 28, 2010
Mountain Home, California, United States
4.4 miles
Inspired by Vaudesir's Bald Peaks Trail here on EveryTrail, we ventured out south to the Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve today. The six of us thoroughly enjoyed the hike a part of which runs along the actively flowing Baldy Ryan Creek. Something about the sound of free flowing water amidst shady oaks and wildflowers... I just don't have the words to capture what we all experienced on this trail today.The...

Reviews
randyrml
My wife and I hike this park frequently, and we always enjoy it.
Visited on Dec 31, 2010

by randyrml on Jan 09, 2011
pcmasten
Rancho Canada del Oro is a great park to hike with views of the South Bay and San Jose. A moderate hiking area, there are not to many people on the trails here. Springtime has good wild flower displays.
Visited on Oct 27, 2010

by pcmasten on Dec 16, 2010

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