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Maisie’s Peak at Fremont Older Information

Wind through a beautiful forest and rolling hills to the summit of Maise's Peak for panoramic views of the surrounding open spaces.

Watch for:

blue elderberry, coyote brush, and monkeyflower

Hiking Details for Maisie’s Peak

Distance: 2.6 miles round trip

Elevation change: 500 feet

Hiking time: 3 hours

Trail surface: Uneven

Best Season: Year round

Managing agency: Midpeninsula Open Space

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: The hayfields and fruit trees of this 739 acre preserve tell the story of Santa Clara valley’s agricultural beginnings. This moderate hike takes you to the top of 900-foot Maisie’s Peak, where you can see sweeping views of the Santa Clara Valley.

From the Prospect Road parking lot, take the Cora Older Trail to Seven Springs Loop Trail, to Hayfield Trail, then finally to Coyote Ridge Trail. Retrace your steps.


Directions to Maisie’s Peak at Fremont Older

Exit Highway 85 at De Anza Boulevard, heading west. Travel on De Anza Blvd about 0.5 miles. Turn right on Prospect Rd. At the first stop sign, turn left and cross the railroad tracks to remain on Prospect Rd.
Follow Prospect Rd. for 1.3 miles, turning left after the Saratoga Country Club, until you arrive at the preserve parking lot.

More About Fremont Older Open Space Preserve

The preserve is named after Fremont Older, a newspaper editor who lived there with his wife Cora for 60 years. Their home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still stands but is not open to the public. Maisie’s Peak is named for Maisie Garrod, who purchased the property with her brother R.V. Garrod in 1910 and used the land for orchards, hay, and pasture. In 1980, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District purchased the land, which now offers a variety of trails for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.

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