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Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop

Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop

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  • View of Silcon Valley from Wildcat Loop Trail.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • Trailhead starts at Deer Hollow Farm.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • Deer Hollow Farm.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • Along the Rogue Valley Trail.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • A hike along Wildcat Loop Trail.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • A switchback along the lower portion of the Wildcat Loop Trail.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • Hiking trail in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • Hiking trail in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • A deer catching some shade along the trail in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
  • California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica).- Rogue Valley + Wildcat Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views of Silicon Valley.
Cons: 
High congestion.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
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The trailhead for this loop starts a mile from the parking lot at the Deer Hollow Farm in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. This 5-mile hike rises quickly in elevation and has a nice, consistent descent back to the beginning. Starting at Deer Hollow, take the Rogue Valley Trail for 1 mile. From here the trail turns into Upper Rogue Valley Trail and continues for another 1.5 miles. The path along the Rogue Valley Trail is fairly steep and strenuous, gaining 600 feet in little over a mile. 

Both of these trails are fairly shaded with breaks of open sky that get hot quickly. Take the Upper High Meadow Trail connection and follow it a short distance until it crosses Wildcat Loop Trail. From here, take Wildcat Loop up even higher, and soon a series of switchbacks will connect you back onto Rogue Valley Trail. Alternately, you can opt to finish the High Meadow Trail. Both trails will take you back to Deer Hollow Farm. Wildcat Loop has some great views of San Jose, and this descent is gradual and consistent, which is nice for cooling down.  

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