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Calero Park from Rancho Cañada del Oro, April 2022

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Field of vetch under an oak tree

From the same parking spot as Rancho Cañada del Oro, this 4 mile hike is through the neighboring Calero Park, following Longwall Canyon to Needlegrass to Bald Peaks trail to Little Llagas Creek trail. This is part of the POST recommended Rancho Cañada del Oro hike, with the climb going up the wrong way, on the shorter and exposed Needlegrass trail. The only shaded portion of the hike is the Little Llagas Creek trail. Top of Needlegrass has stunning views of the mountains and if one knows where to look, the view of Loma Prieta, the highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Although we were too winded to appreciate. Note to self – pay attention to trail markers next time. This time again, after the hike, we took our lunch on one of the benches on Whole Access Llagas Creek Loop Trail looking at the field of lupines and vetches and poppies.

Near the intersection of Bald Peaks and Needlegrass looking towards the east.
A tiny little manmade pond that is not on the Open Space map, but you can see it on the Google map.
Descent along Bald peaks, on this stretch there are manzanitas, and wild sage everywhere. Air smells of sage and pine.
Little Llagas Creek trail is narrow and delightfully shaded much of the time …
… and exposed some of the time
There are patches of purple, yellow and white everywhere. These are vetch…
…and more of the same.

Written by Sachin

April 10, 2022 at 7:08 pm

Posted in Bay Area, California, USA

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