From Highway 17 take the Bear Creek Road exit, opposite Lexington Reservoir. (From southbound Hwy. 17, exit the highway and go under an overpass; road will curve right to a stop sign at Bear Creek Rd., turn left. From northbound Hwy. 17 exit highway and cross the highway via the overpass on to Bear Creek Rd.) Travel 1.0 mile from Hwy. 17 on Bear Creek Rd., as road curves left there will be a pedestrian crosswalk, turn left into the parking lot immediately after the crosswalk.
Come satisfy your curiosity about a recently opened area of this Preserve nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. You’ll enjoy exploring some of the new trails with docents Kate Gudmundson, Mary Brunkhorst, Dennis Smith, and Laura Levin, and walk among towering redwoods and along babbling brooks on this leisurely-paced hike. You’ll learn about regional geology, an important local watershed, logging history, historic cultural uses, and more. You’ll also see first hand some of the interpretive elements and access amenities that have been added to this beautiful setting.
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