a family hiking on a trail wearing covid face masks

Updated June 14, 2021

On June 15, the State of California lifted COVID-related capacity and distancing restrictions for most activities. Midpen is following state and local health guidance and we anticipate removing the temporary COVID-related precautions like one-way trails and signage reminders in the coming weeks.

Please continue to follow the guidance of your local county public health department to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Please be understanding, we are all in this together. Be responsible for your own behavior. Please remember to check trail conditions and preserve pages before leaving home.

We’re grateful these public lands exist and that so many of you support efforts to protect, preserve, maintain and restore our natural and working lands for the benefit and enjoyment of our broader community.

Recent public access updates

  • Applications are once again being accepted for all permitted activities.  Participants must follow county health orders for guidance on social distancing.

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  • We will be removing the temporary one-way routes that were in place on some popular loop trails.
  • Face coverings are required for unvaccinated persons any time physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Capacity restrictions at Black Mountain Campground have been lifted.


  • Paper maps are not available at preserves. Please download a map before leaving home or snap a photo of the signboard map before you hike.
  • Many group areas are closed, including Deer Hollow Farm and Daniels Nature Center.
  • Where picnic tables are available, visitors must bring sanitizer to clean tables before and after use and pack out all trash. Most Midpen preserves do not have garbage cans and collection is limited.
  • Group activities are suspended, including docent-led hikes and volunteer projects.
  • The administrative office at 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos is CLOSED. Staff is available via telephone (650-691-1200) and email (info@openspace.org or individual emails) during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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