Go exploring on the Carr Ranch Loop Trail! This natural surface pathway on a former cattle ranch offers a rigorous workout for you and your pooch. On this John Muir Land Trust property, you'll hike through a range of habitats like riparian forests, grasslands, and oak woodlands. There are golden eagles, badgers, and other wildlife out here. Winter or spring are furrific times to visit the ranch. Try to time your trek a few weeks after any rain so that you won't have to deal with mud.
Park at Rancho Laguna Park and take the Rocky Ridge Trail into Carr Ranch to connect to this loop. You'll find the trailhead behind the playground area. From here, the route crosses a creek and climbs to the land trust gate. Hike along some open ridges, pass through the riparian woodlands and walk across grassland on an old cattle path.
As you join the Carr Ranch Loop Trail, the road takes you through alternating areas of woods and meadows for a while. Then, you'll follow a steep ascent to a scenic ridgeline. Enjoy the pawtastic views of the valleys, hills, and eastern Bay Area. After walking along the crest for a while, head back into the woods and more grassland as you complete your route.
Spot is welcome to come here, but keep your pet on a cord or leash. It's a long hike with no potable water sources, so bring refreshments with you. Carry bags to collect and pack out your animal's waste.
The Carr Ranch Loop Trail is a pawesome circuit through a natural area. You'll wander through a range of ecosystems and see panoramic vistas out here. The property gets limited traffic and offers a peaceful setting. There's a fee of $3 for the day or $10 for the year to use this trail. Restrooms are available near the trailhead in Rancho Laguna Park.