Los Trancos Open Space – Los Altos, CA

Los Trancos Open Space Preserve was located six miles west of I-280 on Page Mill Road; which was narrow and curvy. Hiking was the only activity allowed in the park. Parking was free and the lot was large. There was no water or restrooms. Our cell phone service was very weak.

We hiked a total of 2.1 miles with an elevation range of 300 feet.

los-trancos

We started with a 1.4 mile counterclockwise hike around the Franciscan Loop trail.

IMG_4270After a few hundred feet, the trail dropped down into a dense forest canopy and, thus, it was very well shaded with only limited views of a nearby ridge.
IMG_4273

We saw an abundance of Poison Oak near the edge of the trail.

Poison Oak
Poison Oak

The trails were mostly smooth, clearly marked, and well maintained.

IMG_4279The diversity of trees was fun to see, especially since some of them showed effects of earthquakes and lightning strikes.
IMG_4281The next picture features one of the few sections with an open landscape.
IMG_4285

Near the end the Franciscan Loop we turned right onto the San Andreas Fault trail; which was a 0.7 mile loop.

IMG_4290It featured interpretive stations, detailed in a brochure, that described the geological history of the area and its earthquakes. Our children enjoyed learning about the past earthquakes and the fault line.
IMG_4291

We completed the last stretch of the Franciscan loop and headed back to the parking lot.

IMG_4293

In sum, we found this preserve to be peaceful because we didn’t see anyone else on the trail. The only thing it lacked was views of the surrounding area.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s