You might be surprised to find this stunning redwood preserve just three miles south of Los Gatos. It’s yours to explore thanks to POST who, in 1999, narrowly saved it from becoming a private golf course with luxury estates. A single, massive old-growth redwood tree is one of the preserve's most impressive features, but there's a lot more to discover along its six miles of trails.
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 some turtles sunning themselves there! The newly constructed trail into the redwood forest is just across the street from the parking lot and pond.
Newts, banana slugs, giant redwood trees and elusive black-tailed deer.
Bear Creek Redwoods is rich in cultural history. Within the preserve you’ll find Ohlone mortar stones at the 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 private 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. Finally, it is open for everyone to enjoy.