Coto de Caza: The Trails Pt. 02 – The Sunshine Boys Trail

There is a short trail near Van Gogh Way in Coto de Caza called “The Sunshine Boys Trail” that takes you under a dense canopy of oaks. In the summer, this persistent shade is a very welcome way to wind down a hike from the upper Bellview Canyon Trail; in the winter and spring, it is a cool and dreamy place to have an afternoon picnic.

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This is the Sunshine Boys Trailhead; it is easy going, flat and cool through the trees.

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The grass has grown in beautifully under the trees right now; when it rains, there is a small creek that runs to the right.

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This wide shot under the canopy is exactly what it is like there -shady, cool, grassy and green. It feels like you are walking under a green sea.

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Out tromping with family.

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This enormous oak reminds me of an elephant for some reason… maybe it’s the bark that looks like a hide…

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This is the far end of the oak grove and we’re heading back down the trail at this point.

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This is a view looking from the grove and out to the trail ahead which continues up the hill to the Bellview Canyon Trail.

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Out of the oak grove and looking out to the hills; the sky is huge and the ground has been recently washed by the rain; I’m in heaven again!

Here’s a map of the trail:

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