Mindego Hill

Midpen's projects are designed to ensure proper care of the land and provide for ecologically sensitive public access opportunities. Our aim is to allow more people, including hikers, mountain bicyclists and equestrians, to experience firsthand the beauty of the Bay Area's natural setting.

Opportunities for public recreation are balanced with natural resource protection through a comprehensive planning approach in partnership with the community.  New trails and staging areas are built with environmentally sound construction techniques, and natural resource restoration is a key component of every project. 

Learn more about key projects currently underway.

Bear Creek Redwoods

Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve Plan

The Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve Plan is a long-term use and management plan for the Preserve.Learn more
Toto Ranch

Coastside Protection

Midpen's Coastside Protection Program was implemented in September 2004 when the Midpen boundary was extended to the Pacific Ocean from the City of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line...Learn more
Driscoll Ranch

Driscoll Ranch

Midpen has a lease and management agreement with Peninsula Open Space Trust to manage the former Driscoll Ranch Apple Orchard and Event Center properties adjacent to La Honda Creek Open Space PreserveLearn more
Hawthornes

Hawthorns Historical Complex

The Hawthorns Historic Complex (historically referred to as “The Hawthorns”) is situated on the southeastern portion of the 79-acre Hawthorn property, which is located between Alpine and Los Trancos Roads in the Town of Portola Valley...Learn more
Mountain Lion

Highway 17 Wildlife and Trail Crossings

Midpen is at the at the initial phase of developing a wildlife and regional trails passage across State Highway 17, between Los Gatos and Bear Creek Road.Learn more
La Honda Creek

La Honda Creek Master Plan

The District has developed a 30-year use and management Master Plan for this Preserve that aims to balance the preservation of viable agriculture, cultural history, and the natural environment with public education and low-intensity recreation.Learn more
Mindego Ranch

Mindego Ranch

The Mindego Ranch property, a 1,047-acre cattle ranch, was added to the western portion of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in 2008.Learn more
View from Mount Umunhum

Mount Umunhum Summit Project

The primary goal of the Mount Umunhum Summit Project is to establish a visitor destination that balances public access, enjoyment, and education with environmental restoration.Learn more
Ravenswood Bay Trail

Ravenswood Bay Trail Project

The Ravenswood Bay Trail will complete a 0.6 mile critical missing gap in the San Francisco Bay Trail on the San Francisco Peninsula.Learn more
El Sereno

El Sereno Dog Access

This project is looking at opening all remaining trails within El Sereno Dog Access to dogs.Learn more