For visitors with wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, children... And for anyone desiring a less strenuous open space experience.
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
The first segment (500 feet) of the Stevens Creek Nature Trail, beginning from the main parking area, can accommodate a wide array of physical abilities (although it is not officially designated an easy access trail). This gently sloping segment of trail, which is at an average grade of 5%, takes visitors to a dramatic vista point, where visitors can look down Stevens Creek Canyon to see Mt. Umunhum and Loma Prieta, the site of the 1989 earthquake. A bench is also located here, allowing visitors the opportunity to sit and enjoy the view. Two wheelchair-accessible parking spaces and a wheelchair-accessible restroom are available at the Monte Bello parking lot.
Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve
This preserve features the Picchetti Winery, which dates back to the 1800s, making it one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery complex is located just next to the preserve parking lot, and has wide dirt roads that can be navigated by most wheelchairs. There is an accessible restroom and a wheelchair lift into the winery tasting room. The trails outside the winery complex are not improved for wheelchair access.
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve
The Cordilleras Trail extends 0.8 miles at a very slight grade. The first part of this trail parallels a paved road. This paved road continues to the top of the hill and the grade exceeds 10% and may be too steep for wheelchair use. The accessible trail leads away from this road, bringing visitors into a quiet wooded valley with a delightful little clearing and bench, next to the Cordilleras Creek. No restrooms are available.
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve
Purisima Creek Redwoods has two great accessible destinations. The Redwood Trail at Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve is a lovely 1/4-mile long easy-access trail meandering through groves of redwoods. Two accessible picnic tables are located along the trail, a great picnic destination that is close to a parking area, yet feels remote and peaceful. There is an accessible restroom just beyond the tables. The western side of the preserve also provides a beautiful, moderately accessible trail. The Purisima Creek Trail, an old logging road, passes by an accessible restroom and continues at a gentle uphill grade for the first mile into the preserve, although there are a few short sections that are a 10%-15% grade. The trail follows along Purisima Creek, crossing the water over several bridges. This portion of the preserve is quite serene and picturesque, with the redwoods above you and the creek running at your feet. The weather can be very cool in the redwoods, so be sure to dress in layers.
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve
This preserve adjoins Rancho San Antonio County Park, where parking and wheelchair accessible restrooms are available. From the county park, a wide, level dirt path leads from the parking area into the District preserve. Here it joins a paved service road and a similar dirt trail, which are on a level grade, but may have an uneven surface. Deer Hollow Farm, a historic working farm operated by the City of Mountain View, is a popular attraction at this preserve. Located approximately one mile from the county parking area, most of the farm as well as approximately 0.8 miles of the Rogue Valley Trail beyond the farm, are also relatively level and wide. An accessible restroom is available at the farm. The District maintains a small parking area approximately 0.6 miles from the county parking area, and just 0.4 miles from Deer Hollow Farm. A permit to use this lot may be requested by calling the District office.
Ravenswood Open Space Preserve
There are approximately 1.5 miles of wheelchair accessible trail on levees at this bayfront preserve. The trails are 6- to 8-feet wide, constructed of aggregate base with chip seal surface. Overlook platforms and benches are destinations at both ends of this trail, offering a place for picnics, bird watching, or just enjoying the San Francisco Bay. No restrooms are available.
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
This preserve boasts two ponds for nature study and bird watching. Both Alpine Pond and Horseshoe Lake feature trails designed for wheelchair access. A smooth level trail surrounds Alpine Pond. Next to the pond are the fully accessible David C. Daniels Nature Center and a floating pier, a wonderful destination for the whole family. There is a restroom at this location. Horseshoe Lake provides visitors with a more rural preserve experience. A trail extends from the designated disabled parking area and continues hugging the shoreline of Horseshoe Lake for approximately a quarter of a mile. There is a bench along this trail, offering a spot to sit and enjoy the preserve.
Stevens Creek Shoreline Nature Study Area
This bayfront preserve, located adjacent to Mountain View Shoreline Park, is another great place for bird watching at the bay. The trail is level with an aggregate surface along a levee, extending approximately 1/4 mile along the western preserve boundary. Accessible restrooms are available in Shoreline Park. Access to the preserve is through Mountain View's Shoreline Park.
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
The picnic area at the upper end of Windy Hill Open Space Preserve is wheelchair accessible. Three tables are located in a grassy area with beautiful views overlooking Portola Valley. This area is immediately adjacent to the parking area. There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom, however the trails leading out from the picnic area are not wheelchair accessible.