Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian

Overview

Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve is a 1,540-acre outdoor adventure. The Sempervirens Fund provided critical support for acquisition of portions of this preserve.

Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Gallery

Features

  • Attractive lichen-covered boulders and sandstone rock outcrops add to the scenic value of this area.

Directions

Parking

  • 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.

Get driving directions:

 

Trails

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 passing under the spreading branches of weathered oaks before dropping into a cool, wooded Douglas fir forest. 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.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

History

The steep hillsides hold oak and mixed-evergreen forests that once yielded bark for tannin as well as wood for charcoal, both important commodities for early settlers. The District acquired the first parcel of the Preserve in 1974 from Paul and Nessie Cheseborough, supporters of open space, who made a gift of about 165 acres to the District. Sempervirens Fund, provided critical supporter for acquisition of parts of this Preserve.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • 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 Ordinances

Overview

Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve is a 1,540-acre outdoor adventure. The Sempervirens Fund provided critical support for acquisition of portions of this preserve.

Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the Preserve-- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Photo Gallery

Features

  • Attractive lichen-covered boulders and sandstone rock outcrops add to the scenic value of this area.

Parking

  • 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.

Get driving directions:

 

Trails

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 passing under the spreading branches of weathered oaks before dropping into a cool, wooded Douglas fir forest. 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.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

The steep hillsides hold oak and mixed-evergreen forests that once yielded bark for tannin as well as wood for charcoal, both important commodities for early settlers. The District acquired the first parcel of the Preserve in 1974 from Paul and Nessie Cheseborough, supporters of open space, who made a gift of about 165 acres to the District. Sempervirens Fund, provided critical supporter for acquisition of parts of this Preserve.

  • Hours: Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are required for all riders at all times. Please observe the 15-mph trail speed limit (5-mph when passing or approaching blind turns). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • 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 Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian

Hours

Open dawn to one-half hour after sunset.

Preserve Activities

September 3, 2015
September 9, 2015
September 20, 2015
December 5, 2015