Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash
Restrooms

Overview

Located on the urban fringe and extending towards Mt. Eden Road to the south and Stevens Creek County Park to the west, the 739-acre Preserve offers a variety of experiences to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Local visitors will find Fremont Older Open Space Preserve of particular interest because of its proximity and richness in local history. 

Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Dog Access: Leashed dogs are allowed on all trails at this Preserve.

Gallery

Features

  • Here visitors will enjoy open hayfields, Seven Springs Canyon, and Hunters Point, a 900-foot hilltop offering sweeping views of the Santa Clara Valley. To the west are chaparral and oak covered ridges dropping steeply to Stevens Canyon.

Directions

The preserve entrance is on Prospect Road in Cupertino.

  • Exit Highway 85 at De Anza Boulevard. (From northbound 85 turn left on De Anza Blvd. and from southbound 85 turn right on De Anza Blvd.)
  • Travel on De Anza Blvd. (towards the mountains) 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 the preserve parking lot is reached.

Get driving directions:

 

Additional parking (for a fee) is located in Stevens Creek County Park adjacent to Stevens Canyon Road.

Trails

There are approximately 14 miles of trails connecting Prospect Road to Regnart Road and Stevens Creek County Park.

Maisie's Peak - The highest peak in the Preserve, Maisie's Peak is named after Maisie Garrod. Maisie and her brother, R.V. Garrod purchased this property in 1910 and used the surrounding land for pasture, orchards, and hay. The land remainded in the Garrod family until 1980 when it was purchased by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. 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. 

Hunters Point - Beginning from the parking lot, take the Cora Older Trail through woods, then continue into the grasslands taking the Hayfield Trail. From there, it's a short climb to Hunters Point which offers a beautiful view of the valley below.

 

Trail Conditions

  • The Toyon Trail is currently OPEN to bicycle and equestrian use.

History

The Preserve is named for Fremont Older, a noted San Francisco newspaper editor who, together with wife Cora, owned a portion of the Preserve for 60 years. Their home known as "Woodhills", once a gathering place for personalities of the day, has been leased to a private party and restored. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and garden are open to the public only during annually scheduled group tours that usually occur in the spring.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedFor information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information 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.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • 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

Located on the urban fringe and extending towards Mt. Eden Road to the south and Stevens Creek County Park to the west, the 739-acre Preserve offers a variety of experiences to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Local visitors will find Fremont Older Open Space Preserve of particular interest because of its proximity and richness in local history. 

Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Dog Access: Leashed dogs are allowed on all trails at this Preserve.

Photo Gallery

Features

  • Here visitors will enjoy open hayfields, Seven Springs Canyon, and Hunters Point, a 900-foot hilltop offering sweeping views of the Santa Clara Valley. To the west are chaparral and oak covered ridges dropping steeply to Stevens Canyon.

The preserve entrance is on Prospect Road in Cupertino.

  • Exit Highway 85 at De Anza Boulevard. (From northbound 85 turn left on De Anza Blvd. and from southbound 85 turn right on De Anza Blvd.)
  • Travel on De Anza Blvd. (towards the mountains) 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 the preserve parking lot is reached.

Get driving directions:

 

Additional parking (for a fee) is located in Stevens Creek County Park adjacent to Stevens Canyon Road.

Trails

There are approximately 14 miles of trails connecting Prospect Road to Regnart Road and Stevens Creek County Park.

Maisie's Peak - The highest peak in the Preserve, Maisie's Peak is named after Maisie Garrod. Maisie and her brother, R.V. Garrod purchased this property in 1910 and used the surrounding land for pasture, orchards, and hay. The land remainded in the Garrod family until 1980 when it was purchased by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. 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. 

Hunters Point - Beginning from the parking lot, take the Cora Older Trail through woods, then continue into the grasslands taking the Hayfield Trail. From there, it's a short climb to Hunters Point which offers a beautiful view of the valley below.

 

Trail Conditions

  • The Toyon Trail is currently OPEN to bicycle and equestrian use.

The Preserve is named for Fremont Older, a noted San Francisco newspaper editor who, together with wife Cora, owned a portion of the Preserve for 60 years. Their home known as "Woodhills", once a gathering place for personalities of the day, has been leased to a private party and restored. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and garden are open to the public only during annually scheduled group tours that usually occur in the spring.

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedFor information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information 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.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • 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

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash
Restrooms

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.