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So close to Silicon Valley and yet so pristine, Rancho Cañada Del Oro is a greenbelt gem.
Greenbelt Alliance is celebrating 65 years of adventures: Get to know the “canyon of gold” on this hike along the rolling foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Along with spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley and Diablo Range, you’ll enjoy oak woodland, sage-chaparral scrub, and creekside habitats along with outcroppings of California’s state rock, serpentinite.
This is a moderate 5-1/2 mile hike with about 600 feet in elevation gain.
About the Outing Leader
Patti Kenyon has been leading hikes with the Greenbelt Alliance since 2010, when she inherited the job from her youngest daughter, Cristin. She also leads interpretive walks at Año Nuevo State Park as a volunteer docent/naturalist for the general public to observe the northern elephant seals. The training she received with Año Nuevo covered marine mammals of course, but also native plants, birds, wildlife, geology, the native culture of the Ohlone, and California history. She is a second-generation SF Bay Area Californian. One of her main enjoyments in life is showing off how beautiful the Bay Area is!