Meet at the County boat launch parking lot next to the Lexington Reservoir Dam. From southbound Highway 17, take the Bear Creek Road exit, cross over the highway, and go 0.4 miles north on Highway 17 to Alma Bridge Road. Follow Alma Bridge Rd. over the top of the dam. Continue beyond the dam as the road jogs to the right. Turn right into the parking lot just before the road veers to the left. A Santa Clara County Park parking fee is in effect.
This Preserve is rich in early California history including a known stagecoach route from San Jose to Santa Cruz that stopped in the town of Alma which is now under water. Docents Marilyn and Bill Bauriedel will recount local history during this hike, and the view from the top will be well worth the 600-foot elevation climb. Along the way you’ll learn about the two varieties of manzanita that are found in this Preserve and how the plants compete and thrive in their ecosystem niche. You’ll hike along the Jones, Novitiate, Brothers, and Manzanita Trails.
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- registration is disabled