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Mayfair Ranch Trail
Open Space Authority
View of OSA's parking lot / staging area 2 miles west on Casa Loma Road.
Access Mayfair Ranch Trail from west end of the parking lot, beyond the notice board.
Wheelchair friendly Llagas Creek Trail (left) & Mayfair Ranch Trail start here.
Mayfair Ranch Trail access is across Casa Loma Road.
Entrance to Mayfair Ranch Trail.
Mayfair Ranch Trail climbs in a series of gradual switchbacks.
And passes through thick chaparral, sagebrush, oaks and manzanita.
With long stretches shaded by a canopy of trees.
Sage and Bay Laurel scent the air along these shady avenues.
Splashes of crimson and smoldering amber warn the unwary of poison oak.
Amid a tangle of manzanita, an adult Merriam's Chipmunk feeds.
Nearby, a juvenile also enjoys munching unripe manzanita berries.
Merriam's Chipmunks were once common in Santa Clara Valley but extensive farming, urban sprawl, and habitat destruction drastically reduced their numbers.
On a trailside bank of tangled grasses, scores of Clarkia wildflowers bloom.
Light filters through leaves of trailside poison oak.
Trail continues upwards through a series of open meadows, shady woods.
Near the ridge the trail passes through a grove of blue oaks.
View west along Mayfair Ranch Trail.
Ancient oaks with spreading limbs adorn the trail in many places.
Trail continues along a high ridge through grassy meadows accented with oaks.
Distance across high meadow is about half mile.
Trailside monarch with spreading limbs.
View of distant valley and foothills from Mayfair Ranch Trail.
Trail affords views of remote sections of Rancho Canada del Oro Preserve.
Late spring wildflowers like this "Elegant Clarkia" bloom along the trail.
Butterflies, like this Chalcedon Checkerspot, sip moisture from a variety of sources.
A flowering member of the mallow plant family.
Scattered across a hill-top meadow, Mariposa Lilies bloom.
A fine tangle of lilies and grasses.
Tiny jewel-like spider with coloration to match its lily host.
Bright pink Farewell-to-Spring Clarkias are common along the Mayfair Ranch Trial.
In areas of thick brush, Sticky Monkey Flowers also accent the trial.
Tiny butterflies like this Tailed Copper sip nectar from trailside coffee berry bushes.
View of Mayfair Ranch Trail as it winds through mixed woodlands.
View south of adjacent parklands.
Mountain-bike rider crosses high meadow along the Mayfair Ranch Trail.
Distance from parking lot to Longwall Canyon Trailhead is 3.1 miles.
After crossing a series of high grassy meadows, the trail dips into Longwall Canyon.
View from Mayfair Ranch Trail across Longwall Canyon to Bald Peaks Trail area.
This Wood Nymph butterfly's coloration blends well with its surroundings.
Another commonly seen butterfly is the Callippe Fritillary.
A pair of equestrians breeze downhill.
Small bridge built by OSA's trail technicians along lower section of trail.
Trail parallels a streambed as it winds its way through Longwall Canyon.
Seep-spring monkey flowers favor creek, drainage areas that retain moisture.
Colorful butterflies like this California Sister favor creek areas as well.
Mayfair Ranch Trail view in Longwall Canyon.
Bridge on left is needed when winter rains fill streambed.

Mayfair / Longwall Canyon Trail junction. Return downhill to Longwall Canyon trailhead,
then follow access road back to Casa Loma Road and to the OSA parking lot.

Visit OSA web site for info on Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve.
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