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All Midpen Preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year from dawn until one-half hour after sunset.
El Sereno Open Space Preserve is named for 2,249-foot Mt. El Sereno, part of a prominent ridge located south of the town of Saratoga and west of the town of Los Gatos. A distinctive scenic backdrop to these cities, the 1,415-acre Preserve is primarily a chaparral community with some wooded areas near the creeks. You may also catch a glimpse of the deer, coyote, and brush rabbits that make their homes here.
While hiking or riding at El Sereno Open Space, you'll enjoy the fragrant smells of the California bay laurel and a variety of shrubs common in the chaparral habitat, including chamise, coyote bush, and yerba santa.
The Preserve's nearly 7.4 miles of wide, gradual trails provide numerous opportunities for recreation. At the north end, the Overlook Trail accommodates hikers, bicyclists, and dogs on leash. At the south end, trails are open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Along the ridge, a three-mile trek offers spectacular panoramic views of Lexington Reservoir, Sierra Azul and St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserves, and the South Bay.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
El Sereno Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above the towns of Saratoga and Los Gatos. A six-car parking lot, is available near the Overlook Trail trailhead; however, a permit (no fee) is required to park in this lot. For additional details or to obtain a parking permit, please see the Permit Information page. Please note that dogs are permitted ONLY on Overlook Trail at this Preserve.
Access to the southern part of the Preserve is from the end of Montevina Road, three miles west of Highway 17. Take the Bear Creek Road/Montevina Road exit off Highway 17, and follow Montevina Road until it ends. There is limited parking at the roadside turnout.
The Preserve's nearly 7.4 miles of wide, gradual trails provide numerous opportunities for recreation.
Note: This Preserve is bordered by private property. Please respect the boundaries and stay on designated preserve trails.
Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.