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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.

El Sereno

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.

Note: This Preserve is bordered by private property. Please respect the boundaries and stay on designated preserve trails.

HOW TO GET THERE

El Sereno Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above the towns of Saratoga and Los Gatos. A six-car parking lot, completed in summer 2008, is available near the Overlook Trail trailhead; however, a permit is required to park in this lot. For additional details or to obtain a parking permit, please see the Permit Information page or call (650) 691-1200. 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. Please note there are no dog-friendly trails in the southern portion of the Preserve.

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