On this moderate to strenuous 4-mile excursion, you’ll explore the Mayfair Ranch – Longwall Canyon trails of Rancho Cañada del Oro. Expect around 500 ft. of gradual incline/elevation.
This wonderful preserve rests in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain Range and is a hub for wildlife, such as deer, bobcats, mountain lions, and more! In the Spring, you can expect a colorful array of wildflowers adorning the hillsides, and you may get a chance to see a beautiful little creek running through Llagas meadow.
Sturdy walking shoes & your own water bottle is recommended. Please bring hiking poles if you think you need them!
About Rancho Cañada del Oro
The 3,882-acre Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve opened to the public in 2004 with the dedication of the Bald Peaks Trail (1.0 mile) and the Longwall Canyon Trail (2.0 miles). Multiple upgrades to the preserve include:
2005 – A paved parking area with space for horse trailers, a restroom and picnic tables
2007 – The Mayfair Ranch Trail (3.1 miles) and the Catamount Trail (1.7 miles), which connect to the higher-elevation trails and enable mountain bike use.
Also, the paved, whole access Llagas Creek Loop Trail (0.5 mile) which offers a nature experience for visitors with limited mobility.