Foothills Park is a 1400 acre nature preserve. It offers a retreat to a rural setting in the bustling San Francisco Bay Area.
Fifteen miles of trails provide access to three distinct habitats: chaparral, oak woodland, and grasslands.
California's summer golden grasslands are dominated by annual species brought by early European settlers. These grasses have largely crowded out the native grasses that colored the hillsides gray-green in summer. In fact, many of today's grasslands were forests before woodcutting and livestock grazing took their toll. The grasslands are home to huge numbers of insects, rodents such as mice, gophers, and jackrabbits, and larger predators like bobcat, red-tailed hawks, owls, and coyotes.
Athletic and highly intelligent coyotes play an indispensable role in California open spaces where they are often the top predator. Coyotes keep rodent populations (mice, gophers, ground squirrels, and rabbits) in balance, helping to maintain a healthy ecosystem.