Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve Revisited

By Carol at 11:00 pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Last week we had good luck on a rainy day, hiking at Rancho San Antonio, above Cupertino, where Apple and Netflix headquarters reside. Only a few raindrops fell on us after we entered the preserve under highway 280, and headed up the hill toward Deer Hollow Farm and High Meadow Trail. We were too early for the spring display of lupine, but we observed scattered clumps of toadshade, lots of moss and waterfalls fed by winter rains. We reached the summit of High Meadow Trail in time for a leisurely lunch. Pedometers read in excess of six miles when we ended our hike at 2PM.

along the stream at San Antonio

Hiking upstream, we see lots of waterfalls and wildflowers beginning to bloom.

trillium with purple splotches

We spotted a lovely toadshade (trillium), with purple splotched foliage.

expansive view at San Antonio

Expansive view toward San Jose, from the top of High Meadow Trail.

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