What is the construction for?

Midpen is working to open Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve to the public. The western portion of the Preserve is tentatively scheduled to open to hiking and equestrian access in spring 2019. Features of the new Preserve include:

  • Preserve entrance including a 50-space parking lot and ADA-accessible restrooms off Bear Creek Road.
  • 0.5-mile accessible path around the upper lake near the Alma College Area.
  • Approximately six (6) miles of new trail open for hiking and equestrian use.
  • Pedestrian trail crossing at Bear Creek Road, linking the new parking lot and new trails.

Is there a map of construction areas?

Yes, please see the map below.

Is Permit access still available?

Unfortunately, no permits for access will be available during the construction period beginning April 30, 2018, through spring of 2019.

What should neighbors and commuters expect, and what areas will be affected?

  • Construction traffic will be primarily located on Bear Creek Road, with major delivery access to the preserve directly from Hwy 17.
  • Expect minimal delays throughout the construction period on Bear Creek Road.
  • No large noise operations are planned, but construction work will include tractors or similar.

What are the work hours?

7am – 5pm – Monday through Friday, some intermittent Saturdays are possible.

How do I report concerns with construction worker/construction truck safety?

If you see anything that concerns you, please call us immediately at 650-691-1200, or email Melissa Borgesi at mborgesi@openspace.org. Construction and public safety are extremely important to us.

Where can I get more information about the project?

Our website contains the most up-to-date information: Visit the project page at www.openspace.org/bcr. You can also sign up for the mailing list at the bottom of the page to get information sent directly to your inbox.

When will the Preserve be open?

Preserve and trails expected to open spring 2019. Please check the website for up-to-date information.

What's next for the site?

In 2017, the District completed the Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve Plan, a long-term use and management plan for the Preserve. Stewardship actions, including habitat restoration, erosion reduction to protect the watershed, and cultural resources protection are given the highest priority. The Preserve Plan includes three new parking areas, new and reconstructed hiking and equestrian trails, and a multi-use trail connecting Lexington Basin to the Skyline-Summit Area, to be implemented in three phases over 20 years, to eventually open over 20 miles of trail, while at the same time retaining the unique character and resources of this portion of the “last great wilderness of the Santa Cruz Mountains".