Trail Conditions + Closures


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The following is a list of trail conditions for specific preserves.
Last updated 4/19/2014.

El Corte de Madera Creek

    The new staging area is OPEN!

    The section of the Sierra Morena Trail between the new lot and gate CM04 is CLOSED permanently. Please visit the Preserve page for more information. Thank you for your patience during the time required to get the staging area open.

    The Methuselah Trail, from the Giant Salamander Trail to the South Leaf Trail, is CLOSED to equestrians due to trail damage.

    The South Leaf and North Leaf Trails are OPEN to bicyclists and equestrians.

Fremont Older

    The Toyon Trail seasonal closure sections are being monitored. The southern section and the middle section are OPEN to bicyclists and equestrians.

    A steep and rutted section of the Vista Loop trail is begin restored and rerouted. 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 4/16/2014.

Long Ridge

    The Achistaca Trail is OPEN to horses.

    The Peters Creek Trail and Long Ridge Trail are OPEN to bicyclists and equestrians.

Monte Bello

    The White Oak Trail, Stevens Creek Nature Trail, and Skid Road Trail are OPEN to bicycle & equestrian use.

Pulgas Ridge

    The cutover trail from the Preserve parking lot to the Cordilleras Trail is now OPEN.

Purisima Creek Redwoods

    The Whittemore Gulch Trail is CLOSED to ALL PRESERVE USERS due to a down tree.

Rancho San Antonio

    The Hammond-Snyder Trail is currently OPEN to equestrian use.

    The "Quarry" Trail which goes from the top of the PGE Trail to the Black Mountain Trail is OPEN to equestrian use.


    The Ravenswood Preserve parking lot is now open.

Russian Ridge

    The following trail changes at Russian Ridge Preserve are effective immediately. Please see the Special Notice for more information.

    * The trail formerly known as the Mindego Ridge Trail between Skyline Blvd. and the Mindego Hill Trail is now called the Charquin Trail.

    * The lower portion of the former Mindego Ridge Trail is renamed as the Mindego Hill Trail.

    * To protect a federally listed endangered species (the San Francisco garter snake), the final mile of the Mindego Hill Trail (formerly the Mindego Ridge Trail) is now CLOSED to bicycle use.

Sierra Azul

    Closures in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve (posted 7/22/2011)
    Please note that the Mount Umunhum and Mount Thayer areas, where remediation work is ongoing, have been designated Hazardous Closed Areas. That means anyone who trespasses into the area will be cited for a misdemeanor.

    Areas that are adjacent to Mount Umunhum and Mount Thayer have been declared Temporary Closed Areas. Trespassers will be cited for an infraction.

    Please refer to the posted map for details.Other closed areas within Sierra Azul Preserve are shown on the Preserve map.

Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area

    The adjacent section of the Bay Trail is Open.


    The access from Old La Honda Road at Dennis Martin Creek is OPEN to hikers and equestrians.

Windy Hill

    The Betsy Crowder Trail is OPEN to equestrians.

    Hamms Gulch, Lost, and Razorback Ridge Trails are OPEN to equestrians.

Other agencies with trails connecting to District land

San Jose Water Company -- Los Gatos Creek Trail
Santa Clara County Parks

    Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department -- Please contact Santa Clara County Parks for County Parks trail information.

Before you visit, please review the Seasonal Trail Closures to learn more about trails that are closed seasonally to ensure visitor safety and protect the trails from damage.

Last updated on: 4/19/2014

  Additional Information

District Guide Book

Trail Regulations

Trail Safety and Etiquette

Proposed Maintenance and Repair Work


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