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

35th Annual Hike the Open Spaces

May 29, 2023
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Monte Bello Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

Join Docent Naturalists Greg Azevedo and Bobbie Riedel 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 some 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.

Note: This minimal elevation gain hike is well suited for children and those needing a less physically challenging outing. Reservations are required and will open on or after May 15 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) and close May 26 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.

To ensure your experience on a docent naturalist outing is enjoyable please review these activity guidelines.

If your activity requires registration, please be sure to cancel your reservation (from your confirmation email) if you are no longer able to attend so others can participate.

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