Los Trancos Trail is a hiking trail in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County, California. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 725 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,173 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and drinking water.
Los Trancos Trail Professional Review and Guide
"There is an enticing variety of trails over meadows and into canyons in this 274-acre preserve. A self-guided fault trail explains earthquake phenomena, and a hike out to the far end of the preserve offers magnificent Bay views. As a joint project of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Foothill College, geologists interpret for you the evidence of earthquake activity along a self-guided trail through an area changed by the 1906 earthquake and earlier ones. Docents lead walks along the San Andreas Fault Trail on a regular schedule, another good way to learn about the effects of fault movement. After you have completed one of these explanatory trips, walk up to the western ridge of the parking area and look straight down the rift valleys. You will sense the awesome force of the constant movement of the segments of the earth ’s skin as they float on top of the deeper mantle of semi-molten rock. This trail guide includes the following trails: San Andreas Fault Trail, Loop Trip on Franciscan and Lost Creek Trails, Page Mill Trail to the North Meadow."
--Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette, Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press).
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