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Public access for hiking and horseback riding in designated areas is available by permit only until a Master Plan and trail development can be completed for this preserve.


La Honda Creek

Guided by the leaves dusting the trail, hikers and equestrians can wander under the Preserve's forest canopy and relish all of the wonderful sights and smells. The resident banana slugs and ladybirds often join human trail users. Be sure to visit the truly impressive "Big Tree," one of the few remaining old-growth redwoods.

Visitors will also want to explore the rolling grassland ridges. As the wind whistles past, look overhead - raptors can usually be seen soaring on the updrafts above. A variety of other wildlife that make their homes here, including coyotes, deer, and bobcats, may even be seen. A trip to La Honda Creek wouldn't be complete without a stop at the vista point. The panoramic view of the seemingly never-ending valleys leading to the coast is spectacular. On a clear day, visibility extends to the ocean.



A special permit is required to access this Preserve. For a permit or more information on this and other Preserves, please visit the Permit Information page, or call the District Office at (650) 691-1200.



Permits (no fee) are issued for single-day use for hiking or horseback riding only. No bicycles or dogs are permitted. Cross-country travel and fishing are prohibited.

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Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.

  • Hours: Preserves are open a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. Riders under 18 years of age are required to wear a helmet on all District land. Download Equestrian Access Guidelinespdf
  • Permits: All public access is available by permit only. To learn more, please see Permit Information.

  • 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 Ordinancespdf


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