Updated May 30, 2020
We're happy to announce that, with guidance from county health officials, we have reopened all preserves. Some trail use restrictions have been lifted: bikes and horses are again allowed on multiuse trails. Safe social distancing is still required, and to make that easier, Midpen has implemented one-way routes on some popular loop trails. Please follow the signs. And, bring a face covering that you can use when you can't stay 6 feet apart! Please note that all picnic areas and drinking fountains remain closed.
Thank you for doing your part and enjoying your public open space responsibly during the ongoing county stay-at-home orders. We've seen many of you practicing safe social distancing, wearing face masks and welcoming others by sharing the trails. We believe in the healing power of nature and that it is important for us all to be able to get outside to connect with and experience the positive emotional and physical health benefits of being in nature.
Your cooperation to help ensure the safety of our community has made a difference in flattening the curve. It remains important that each of us continue to do our part for the benefit of all.
DO YOUR PART
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Maintain 6 feet away from others not in your household.
- Avoid crowding: if the lot is full, the trails are full. Do not park on roadsides.
- No gatherings allowed. Picnic and other common areas are closed.
- Walk single file to allow others to pass safely.
- Face coverings are required by health officials when you can’t maintain more than 6 feet of social distancing and are recommended at all times when recreating outdoors. Wear a bandanna or gaiter you can pull over your mouth and nose as needed.
- Drinking fountains are closed.
- Trails at some preserves restricted to one-way traffic to encourage social distancing – keep 6 feet apart from others not in your household.
- Runners slow and yield to other trail users to maintain social distancing. Pass only when safe to do so while keeping a 6-foot distance.
- Parking is limited. Do not park on roadways. Return home if the lot is full. Restrictions around popular preserves have been posted for Highway 35, Purisima Creek Road and Higgins Canyon Road around Purisima Creek Preserve, Alpine Road around Russian Ridge, and Cristo Rey Drive near Rancho San Antonio.
- Paper maps are no longer available at preserves. Please download a map before leaving home or snap a photo of the signboard map before you hike.
- Group areas are closed, including Deer Hollow Farm and the open air barn, Daniels Nature Center, Black Mountain Backpack Camp and all picnic areas.
- Dogs must remain on leash in the off-leash dog area at Pulgas Ridge, by county order.
- Leave no trace: pack out what you pack in. Most Midpen preserves do not have garbage cans and collection is limited.
- Group activities are suspended, including docent-led hikes and volunteer projects. No special use permits are being issued at this time.
- Midpen has closed the main office at 330 Distel Circle, Los Altos. Staff remains available via telephone (650-691-1200) and email (email@example.com or individual emails) during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Please continue to follow the guidance of your local county public health department to limit the spread of COVID-19:
The health and safety of our community, preserve visitors, volunteers and employees are Midpen’s top priority. We are following county health orders as we work to keep trails and preserves open to provide a safe opportunity for people to be in nature for mental, as well as physical, health during this public health emergency.
Please be understanding, we are all in this together. Be responsible for your own behavior.
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.
We encourage you to stay close to home and look for nearby nature.