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April 2, 2016
De Anza Trail
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De Anza Trail
April 2, 2016
Host: Kent B

De anza

The Place

"¡Vayan Subiendo!" "Everyone mount up!" was the rousing call from Juan Bautista de Anza. In 1775-76, Anza led some 240 men, women, and children on an epic journey to establish the first non-Native settlement at San Francisco Bay. Today, the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail connects history, culture, and outdoor recreation from Nogales, Arizona, to the San Francisco Bay Area. We be hiking a small part of this Historic trail just outside of Historic San Juan Bautista with rolling hills and views of Fremont Peak

De Anza

In September 1775, Anza traveled to Culiacán, Horcasitas, and other towns in present-day Mexico to recruit his settlers. Anza told of lush lands and plentiful resources in a place far from the desert frontier. Men could join Anza's expedition as paid soldiers on two conditions: they would not return, and they would bring their wives and children on the dangerous journey. When the expedition left the Tubac Presidio on October 23, 1775, thirty families had joined Anza. The families reflected the diverse castes of Spanish society—a mix of Native American, African, and European heritage. These 200 men, women, and children put their trust in a man who did not guarantee they would reach their destination. Their reward was the chance at a better life. It was a risk they were willing to take.

Henry Cowell

Henry Cowell Park

Walking the Walk

Level: 3 - Miles: 8 - Elevation: 880 ft

This is a pretty strait forward hike with 4 miles in and 4 miles out on the same trail. It has some good hills to work up an appetite for Mexican food afterwards in town

Henry Cowell Park

Know Before You Go:

We would like to invite you to go with us afterwards into Historic San Juan Bautista for Mexican food and perhaps see the Mission and some of the Historic Buildings Drive Time: 1 hour- Parking Free/Dogs allowed on leash


take Hwy 101 South take exit 345 to Ca 156 east. Drive 3 miles to the signal at the Alameda Rd section. Take a right and proceed on this slighty deterioated road which is Old Stage Rd. You will come to a fork in the road with signs for Fremont Peak and Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail.Stay Straight ahead on the dirt road and it ends at the gate. Park along the road.

Henry Cowell Park

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