Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve / photo by Lanette Otvos

34th Annual - Hike The Open Spaces

Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve (Lanette Otvos)
May 30, 2022
8:45 am - 12:15 pm
Monte Bello Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

The year 2022 marks the 34th time that docent naturalist Greg Azevedo has offered this hike. Join docents Greg, Joyce Tang, and Chris MacIntosh a for a leisurely-paced walk through a less traveled section of this preserve on the Waterwheel Creek trail. If the weather is clear, expect to see spectacular views of the Santa Clara Valley and portions of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This walk with occasional stops will include the history of the preserve and Midpen, and you’ll learn about the plants, animals, and geology of the area. This minimal elevation gain hike is well suited for children and those needing a less physically challenging outing. (Note: Directions will be sent to participants.) Reservations are required and will be accepted on or after May 16 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) and close May 27 at 2:00 p.m.

Where to Meet

For this activity at Monte Bello Preserve, meet at the Picchetti Ranch Preserve parking lot. From the intersection of I-280 and Foothill Expressway, go 3.5 miles southwest (toward the mountains) on Foothill Boulevard/Stevens Canyon Road.  Turn right on Montebello Road.  The preserve is 0.5 miles up Montebello Rd. on the left. Participants will carpool to the trailhead for this activity.

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