Rancho San Antonio

I woke up as early as 4:30 a.m. yesterday (14 July) morning, thanks to my dream!! In about 30 min I woke up hubby too. We had fresh filter coffee at 6:30 and thought of going for a hike at Rancho San Antonio state park. The usually busy roads were empty. The weather was chill and foggy. I had heard a lot about Rancho San Antonio state park from my friends, that it is a very nice and scenic trail and parking would be a problem. We reached there around 7:30 a.m. expecting parking would be full. Fortunately not many had turned up yet and so we easily found a parking space.

In-front of parking lot there’s a terrain to fly model air planes. We saw a couple of hobbyists fly their model airplanes. (http://www.bayrc.com/index.php/flying-sites/rsa/)

Flock of turkeys at entrance

Flock of turkeys at entrance

At the main entrance we saw a flock of turkeys taking their morning stroll. The trail that starts at this entrance is called Coyote Trail and immediately begins to climb, which I didn’t expect. Generally I like trails that start flat and gradually elevate. It helps me to get a hang of it. This trail however was very scenic. We even spotted a deer standing in the middle of the trail. By the time I could take a snap it started climbing up the hill. However I managed to get a decent photo.

Deer

Deer

Further Coyote Trail forks to PG & E trail and Deer Hollow Farm. We took the PG & E trail (Click this for more info). This trail is gradually elevating. We went 1.7 miles in PG & E trail and took a deviation at Wildcat Canyon trail. Wildcat Canyon trail is very flat and about 1.7 miles to Coyote trail. We spotted couple of rabbits in this trail. I couldn’t get a clear picture of this.

Rabbit (middle of the photo, highlighted by box)

Rabbit (middle of the photo, highlighted by box)

We finished hike by around 9:00 a.m. I like this trail very much, it is for low-intermediate hikers. PG & E trail is steep but a good exercise for heart. While climbing up PG & E trail I took small breaks often to regain breath. It was not very sunny, so I didn’t require too much of water. This trail is well shaded with trees all around, looked like mini forest. Wildcat Canyon trail joined the point where Coyote trail forked to PG & E and Deer Farm. We took PG & E while going and returned in Deer Farm. Not only is the Wildcat Canyon flat but it is also shaded throughout.We totally hiked about 3.5 miles.

A view from PG & E trail

A view from PG & E trail

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