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Acorn Trail



0.3 mile 0.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 62' 19 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 551' 168 m
Low: 490' 149 m


Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

A short trail through the shade that links the Arastradero Creek and the Meadowlark Trail.

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online. Some of the trails are seasonal and may be closed due to rain. Call 650-329-2423 or check online for the status.


The Acorn Trail can be reached by hiking along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail and then taking the Arastradero Creek Trail for .75 miles until a small, gravel trail climbs to the right. The trail begins as a gravel trail, but quickly transforms into a dirt trail. Climbing through a shaded area, the trail reaches an open, level area where views of the surrounding hills and homes stretch before you on the right of the trail.

Continuing into the shade again, the trail snakes through another set of trees before crossing a small creek bed on a bridge. The trail emerges from the woods and reaches the junction with the Meadowlark Trail. From here, you can turn to the right and work your way back to your car or you can go straight and follow the Meadowlark Trail as it makes its way through the preserve.

This is a nice connector between the Arastradero Creek Trail and the Meadowlark Trail that creates a loop hike. It's one of the many combinations of trails that can be created depending on the amount of time that you have.

Flora & Fauna

Fauna - deer, coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes, turkeys, hawks, turkey vultures, and other varieties of birds can be seen in the area. Mountain lion sightings have been reported in the area, so keep an eye out.

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The Meadowlark Trail as it snakes its way through the preserve and the views South Bay.  The dirt trail on the left is the Bonus Hill Trail.
Mar 31, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The trail as it snakes it's way through the trees.
Mar 31, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The trail as it climbs from the Arastradero Creek Trail.
Mar 31, 2016 near Ladera, CA
Homes sitting on the hills outside the preserve.
Mar 31, 2016 near Ladera, CA
Looking through the trees, you can see the hills and mountains off in the distance.
Mar 31, 2016 near Ladera, CA
A small creek cuts across the trail, but is easily crossed by this small bridge.
Mar 31, 2016 near Ladera, CA


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