With a quick Google search we narrowed our options down to a trail just fifteen minutes from the house and just off highway 14. A former cattle ranch belonging to the Walker family in the early 1900's is now the site of a small trail system leading into the mountains (they call them mountains but from where I come from it's a stretch. Jk.) All that remains of the ranch today are some old troughs scattered through the trees. I didn't see any but they tell me they're there. The hike to the Walker Ranch site is 1.5 miles and is relatively easy so it's good for the kids and those that are just trying to get back into hiking as we are.
At the ranch the road splits into two more trails allowing you to extend your hiking experience a little further if you choose to do so. We were interesting in taking the fork that would lead us to a waterfall but since California is still in a drought there is no water in it right now and we got a late start so we opted to head back. But I can't tell you how good it felt to feel like we were away from the city. Sure we could see the highway every once in awhile and you might hear it a bit but it was good enough to quench my thirst for some seclusion. Sort of, there were quite a few people out there but everyone we came across was pleasant and seemed to be having a good time as well.
|Tiny frog we found at the trail head|