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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.

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Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve is a 1,540-acre outdoor adventure. The Saratoga Gap Trail parallels Skyline Boulevard passing under the spreading branches of weathered oaks before dropping into a cool, wooded Douglas fir forest. Attractive lichen-covered boulders and sandstone rock outcrops add to the scenic value of this area.


Saratoga Gap

The Sempervirens Fund provided critical support for acquisition of portions of this preserve.



Parking is available at the Caltrans vista point on the southeast corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Highway 9 intersection. Cross Highway 9 to reach the trailhead for Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, located at the northeastern corner of this junction.



  • Saratoga Gap Trail: Dedicated as part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail,the nearly two-mile multi-use trail parallels Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), and connects with trails leading to Sanborn-Skyline County Park, Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks, Upper Stevens Creek County Park, and Long Ridge, Skyline Ridge, and Monte Bello Open Space Preserves, and beyond. The trail ends across from the Hickory Oaks trailhead to Long Ridge Open Space Preserve and Highway 35.

  • Bicyclists, please note that Charcoal Road is open to uphill traffic only and helmets are also required within Upper Stevens Creek County Park.

Download a map of Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve



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.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). Download Bicycle Access Guidelinespdf
  • 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
  • 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 Ordinancespdf


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Ancient Oaks Trail Extension Now Open! The new trail is the final phase of the POST-funded Mindego Gateway Project, and connects the new Mindego Parking Lot with Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve’s popular multi-use trail network.  More>>


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