Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

MODERATE 10 reviews

Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

no dogs

Site of abandoned Alma College, which has some buildings still sitting behind chain link fence, with remnants of old structures elsewhere evidenced by brickwork. Right outside of very urban center. Requires permit so you are likely to be the only one there, though the permit is free and easy to get. Easiest hikes are through the college and to the left, past the stables. More strenuous go to the right. You'll see ponds and a creek.You can easily combine trails for an all day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Trail is currently under construction and closed to hikers

10 months ago

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

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016