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Hidden Villa is open Tuesday through Sunday all year, except when it is closed in summer during Hidden Villa Summer Camps.
Need to Know
Hidden Villa charges $10 for parking. Pay at the entrance booth if it is open, otherwise drop your money in the can at the main kiosk. Free trail maps are available at the kiosk. Water is available at the corner of the Educational Garden, across the bark chip area from the kiosk. Bicycle parking is available in this area
Hidden Villa Farm is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA. There is a fee for parking. Water is available at the near corner of the Educational Garden. There is no water and no facilities on the trails.
The Long Bunny Loop and it's shorter Short Bunny Loop partner previously started at a marked trailhead along the West Fork of Adobe Creek, just beyond an area of large rocks. That trail stub is now closed before it crosses the creek, as the crossing was eroding into the creek and was no longer safe for runners. Now the Bunny Loop trails start at the trailhead marked Bypass Trail.
To reach the trailhead, run along the Main Path Road towards the back of the farm, passing the Hostel on your left. Continue along the road to the Y. Bear left at the Y, passing the White Barn on your left. The White House on the right was a hotel during the Stagecoach era. It is now private housing for Hidden Villa staff.
Continue past the White Barn goat pen to enter a large tree-lined area along the creek. This area is called the Promenade. This path is part of the original path of Moody Road. There are benches and picnic tables on the Promenade which are nice places to stop and reflect, or eat a snack or lunch.
About 2/3 of the way to the two bridges, look for the trailhead on your right labeled Bypass Trail. This is where the Bunny Loop trails start. The initial climb takes some switchbacks to ascend the side of the hill under the cover of Bay and Oak trees.
Continue on a long traverse across the side of the hill. There are some nice views of the valley of Adobe Creek. At the highest point on the traverse, there is a nice view of San Francisco Bay and a wooden bench to sit on. (It is about halfway along the traverse).
Continue along the traverse and you'll arrive in the valley of the North Fork of Adobe Creek. Take a few switchbacks down, then continue along this branch of the creek. You'll arrive behind the Duveneck House right after the formal trail ends. Continue around tomthe front of the house. Take the bridge on your right down to the road. Tien left and go about 100 yards to return to the Y junction where you started.
Flora & Fauna
Bay, oak, and buckeye trees. Manzanita and Madrone shrubs. Wild Iris and Miner's lettuce in the spring. Stellar Jays, Western Fence Lizards. Tracks of coyote, bobcat and red fox. There are mountain lions in the area.
Shared By: Deborah B