Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail

San Juan Bautista , California

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This easily accessed, tucked- away historic gem is a multiuse trail situated in the Gavilan Range across from San Juan Bautista home, the fifteenth mission in the California mission system. The hike sweeps up a moderate, mostly exposed hillside to a crest before descending more steeply for the last 1.5 miles to the gate on the backside. The views stretch across the surrounding grazing land and a patchwork of farmsteads on the way to the crest. On a warm day you and Pooch will appreciate the corridor of oak and Monterey cypress trees for a shady break as you approach the crest. This trail is a rare opportunity to enjoy scenery and a slice of cultural history on rarely dog- compatible national park territory.
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by Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This easily accessed, tucked- away historic gem is a multiuse trail situated in the Gavilan Range across from San Juan Bautista home, the fifteenth mission in the California mission system. The hike sweeps up a moderate, mostly exposed hillside to a crest before descending more steeply for the last 1.5 miles to the gate on the backside.

The views stretch across the surrounding grazing land and a patchwork of farmsteads on the way to the crest. On a warm day you and Pooch will appreciate the corridor of oak and Monterey cypress trees for a shady break as you approach the crest. This trail is a rare opportunity to enjoy scenery and a slice of cultural history on rarely dog- compatible national park territory.

© 2014 Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Juan Bautista
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 246 feet
Top Elevation: 1,126 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: National Park Service; (415)623-2344; nps.gov/juba
Local Maps: USGS San Juan Bautista
Topo Map: Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Dog Hikes Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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