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Bowden Ranch Open Space Bowden Ranch

Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 1,520 ft (1,120 ft elevation gain)
Distance: 0.9 miles
Estimated Time: 1.5 hours round trip
Area: 207 acres


LOCATION of the Bowden Ranch Trailhead:
Map your trip to Bowden Ranch

address approximate

Bowden Ranch Trailhead: Going south on Johnson Avenue, turn Left onto Lizzie Street (across from French Hospital). Follow Lizzie Street up until it dead ends in a cul-de-sac. Trailhead is to the right, near sign.


The topographic maps (included below) may be used for terrain review prior to or during a hike.

Printable 8x11
View only version 11x17


The Bowden Ranch property meets up with Reservoir Canyon Natural Preserve up on the ridge top. It is possible to hike through both open spaces since the trails connect.



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