Golden hills covered with green trees extending into the hazy distance under a blue sky

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

The Llagas Creek Bridge and Hidden Meadow Trail are now open to the public! Join our mailing list at the bottom of this page to stay involved in future trail planning at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve.
The Authority has competed construction of the new Llagas Creek Bridge and Hidden Meadow Trail at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve. This project connects the Llagas Creek Loop Trail to a newly-installed bridge over Llagas Creek. Once across the bridge, visitors can enjoy the new Hidden Meadow Trail, nearly surrounded by riparian woodlands and Llagas Creek, with views of the hillsides beyond. Amenities include an accessible trail, seating areas and interpretation about the surrounding environment.
As a separate project, getting underway in the summer of 2024, the Authority will look at the feasibility of expanding multi-use access and regional trail connections to the southern portion of the preserve. This will include an analysis of over five miles of existing ranch roads and the development of alternatives for providing future access to rolling grasslands, blue oak woodlands and mixed oak savannah in the preserve’s backcountry.
The Llagas Creek Bridge and Hidden Meadow Trail project was made possible with $1.12M in funding from State Parks' Per Capita Program and is an example of how the Open Space Authority is Investing in Nature.

A Backcountry Experience

public access Vision:

  • Install bridge over Llagas Creek
  • Create interpretive trail/day-use area in creek-side grassland
  • Feasibility of future access to backcountry areas of the preserve  
Woman on trail at top of ridge taking photo of golden hills and blue sky
Fallen tree over creek with rocks and green grass
Foothill yellow-legged frog sitting between rocks and pebbles

Project Updates

The Authority wants your feedback! If you have feedback on this project, please email Jennifer Hooper, Assistant Open Space Planner.

Join our mailing list if you would like to receive project updates with opportunities for providing feedback on the public access plans at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve.


Llagas Creek Bridge & Hidden Meadow Trail Timeline

Fall/Winter 2019-2020

  • Site Analysis
  • Project Planning and Design
  • Project Design Alternatives

Summer 2020

  • Board of Directors Meeting - July 23, 2020
  • Citizens' Adivsory Committee Meeting - July 27, 2020

Fall/Winter 2020-2021

  • Preferred Alternative/Design Development
  • Use & Management Committee Meeting – February 25, 2021

Fall/Winter 2021-2022

  • Preliminary Permit Applications and Environmental Review


  • Final Permit Applications
  • Board of Directors Meeting – August 11, 2022

Winter 2022-2023

  • CEQA Public Review Period and Final Documentation 
  • Secure Permits 
  • Construction Bid Documents and Contract Award

summer 2023 - Spring 2024

  • Bridge and Day-use Area Construction


Pond surrounded by trees and green hills
View of golden hills and oak trees with trail, with blue hills stretching into distance and reservoir in the distance
Green hillsides covered in wildflowers and a line of hikers walking along ridge