Bear Creek Redwoods Equestrian Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Los Gatos, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length2.6 miElevation gain308 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingHorseback ridingNature tripsBird watchingForestLakeRiverViewsNo dogs
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This trail is primarily for equestrian use but is a shared use trail with hikers. Hikers may enjoy better access from the main parking near the historic Alma College site rather than starting from the Bear Creek Stables as marked here.

Locked gate; you'll need a permit from the Open Space District. Room for about 7 or 8 cars but I've never seen more than 3.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Take highway 17 South from Los Gatos, turn onto Bear Creek Road across from Lexington Reservoir. Go away from the reservoir about a mile, the locked gate is on the left.

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Brady Turner
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joel reyes
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Danilo Escobar
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Trail is being restored. Closed to pedestrians, equestrian access only with permit

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Luisa Rapport
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Nice trail for a short easy/moderate hike, in a beautiful spot. Trails are not marked, so using the routing is helpful. Some trails overgrown with poison oak...we’ll see how that works out for me

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Frieder Bluemle
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Helene M.
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Part of Bear Creek trail.

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Helene M.
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownPrivate property

Trail is closed for the most part other than where the horses go. Went hiking through and connected to Alma College Road and saw the abandoned college. Walked down to where Bear Creek is open to public

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Corenna Braun
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You need a permit to hike here. Permit was easy to get and free. Trails are not marked at all. It's kind of creepy hiking at a abandoned college. Felt like I was in the Walking Dead. Sad that the buildings has graffiti on it. Over all really enjoyed hiking here. When done hiking do a body check. My boyfriend got bit my a tick on his chest. Didn't notice it till he took a shower.

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Michele Stewart
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Trail is currently under construction and closed to hikers

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Venkata Duvvuri
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There is horse manure everywhere in the trail. Better go horse back riding rather than on foot.

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Kevin Arnold
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This was a mellow hike with only a couple of other people on it. You could hear the noise of Hwy 17 part of the time which was a little distracting and the first section was very muddy.

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J&K Belisle
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For the permit http://www.openspace.org/visit-a-preserve/permits/general-access-permits

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Jim Bahn
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Because you need to get a permit (easy), there won't be many (or any) other hikers. It's an interesting place, with an abandoned college and a couple of ponds. Stick with the area bounded by Bear Creek, 17, and the pond that is NOT at the entry/ trail head for the most interested hiking. Hilly but not too.

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Mike Robinson
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shuqin pan
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Ming He
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Richard Pan
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Mario Richards
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Grace Gardner
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Omid Miri
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John Bridges
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Ti Kie
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Chris Everhart
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Christos Gekas
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marc tarpenning
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jenny Lundberg
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Philip Sobolesky
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