Preserve Info

Permit Required for Access
Hiking
Equestrian

Overview

Closed Preserve - Public access by permit only. Access available for hiking and horseback riding in designated areas.

Permits (no fee) are issued for single-day use for hiking or horseback riding only.

  • No dogs or bicycles are permitted.
  • Cross-country travel and fishing are prohibited.

For more information or to request an access permit visit the Permit Information page.

Gallery

Features

  • This 1,432-acre Preserve offers visitors shaded fir and redwood forests, cool perennial creeks, and spectacular views of the Sierra Azul Range.

Directions

Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located off Bear Creek Road in Los Gatos, CA. All access to the Preserve is available by permit only.

Parking information will be provided once a permit is issued.

 

Trails

All access to the Preserve and trails is available by permit only.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

History

The majority of the current Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve was used for timber harvest from the mid-to-late 1800s.  Once the timber industry was replaced by a private estate, a number of orchards and vineyards were established throughout the property.  However, Timber harvest continued on some properties well into the mid 1900s.  In 1934, the majority of what is now Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve was sold to the Jesuits, who established a theological college on the grounds of the Tevis Estate.  

The College closed in 1969, and the property was slated to be developed into a golf course and country club, until POST and the District purchased the property in 1999 to save it from development.  

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Permits: All public access to this preserve is by permit only. To learn more, please see Permit Information.
  • Dogs: Dogs are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on dog-friendly preserves visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Overview

Closed Preserve - Public access by permit only. Access available for hiking and horseback riding in designated areas.

Permits (no fee) are issued for single-day use for hiking or horseback riding only.

  • No dogs or bicycles are permitted.
  • Cross-country travel and fishing are prohibited.

For more information or to request an access permit visit the Permit Information page.

Photo Gallery

Features

  • This 1,432-acre Preserve offers visitors shaded fir and redwood forests, cool perennial creeks, and spectacular views of the Sierra Azul Range.

Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located off Bear Creek Road in Los Gatos, CA. All access to the Preserve is available by permit only.

Parking information will be provided once a permit is issued.

 

Trails

All access to the Preserve and trails is available by permit only.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

The majority of the current Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve was used for timber harvest from the mid-to-late 1800s.  Once the timber industry was replaced by a private estate, a number of orchards and vineyards were established throughout the property.  However, Timber harvest continued on some properties well into the mid 1900s.  In 1934, the majority of what is now Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve was sold to the Jesuits, who established a theological college on the grounds of the Tevis Estate.  

The College closed in 1969, and the property was slated to be developed into a golf course and country club, until POST and the District purchased the property in 1999 to save it from development.  

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Permits: All public access to this preserve is by permit only. To learn more, please see Permit Information.
  • Dogs: Dogs are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on dog-friendly preserves visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
     
  • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves. 
     
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Permit Required for Access
Hiking
Equestrian

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.