Residents of Cupertino and Saratoga will find Fremont Older Open Space Preserve of particular interest because of its proximity and richness in local history. 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. Visitors are usually attracted to the 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.
There are approximately nine miles of trails connecting Prospect Road to Regnart Road and Stevens Creek County Park. A popular hike is from the Prospect Road entrance up through the hayfield to Hunters Point and then around the Seven Springs Trail loop.
Located on the Fremont Older Preserve is the historic "Woodhills" home. The house was built in 1914 and purchased by the District in 1975. It
has been restored to near-original design and is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places. The house is leased as a private residence and is open
to the public only during annually scheduled docent-led tours in the spring.
DOG WASTE REQUIREMENTS
Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from all dog-friendly preserves, including Fremont Older. Moving dog waste off trail is not permitted.
Please bag and remove dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out.
Do NOT leave bagged waste at the Preserve or outside Preserve restrooms; the plumbing cannot tolerate plastic.
Leaving bagged waste is considered littering, and failure to comply may result in a fine.
HOW TO GET THERE
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. Limited parking, for approximately 15 cars, is available here. Additional parking (there is a parking fee) is located in Stevens Creek County Park adjacent to Stevens Canyon Road.
Wednesday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m., the Midpen Board of Directors will discuss and approve the list of Measure AA projects prioritized using the criteria adopted by the Board on September 10th. More>>
The Toyon Trail seasonal closure sections are being monitored. The southern section and the middle section are OPEN to bicyclists and equestrians.
Road work will be taking place on the Vista Loop trail and portions of the Coyote Ridge trail. Visitors may experience short delays while equipment is working in the area. Please make your presence known when approaching heavy equipment. Expected date of completion is 5/20/2014.
IMPORTANT: Please be aware that seasonal trail closures may change from day to day without notice, based on changing weather conditions. Also note that during winter storm season high waters can make creek crossings hazardous, so plan your outing accordingly.