This beautiful redwood preserve is just three miles from Los Gatos and contains six miles of trails for hikers and equestrians to explore.
There's something for everyone at Bear Creek Redwoods, including an ADA-compliant path around a small pond near the parking area. You may even see turtles sunning themselves there! The newly constructed trail into the redwood forest is just across the street from the parking lot and pond.
Keep an eye out for newts, banana slugs and black-tailed deer.
Bear Creek Redwoods is rich in cultural history. Within the preserve you’ll find Ohlone mortar stones at the newly constructed entrance, stumps of ancient redwoods once harvested for the construction of nearby San Francisco and the remnants of the Alma College, the first Jesuit school of theology in the American West.
In 1999, in partnership with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, POST protected Bear Creek Redwoods, narrowly saving it from becoming a golf course with luxury estate homes.
Our intention was always to open the preserve for public use, but dilapidated buildings, hazardous old roads, invasive species and a lack of safe parking made that a prohibitively expensive and complex undertaking at that time. Momentum to open this preserve picked up speed in 2014, when voters approved Measure AA—a $300 million bond with funds designated for public access improvements within Midpen’s properties. Over the past four years, they have been hard at work preparing this new preserve for everyone to enjoy.