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The 6,142-acre La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve consists of working ranch land, grasslands, and forests near the town of La Honda. In 2012, the District completed a 30-year use and management Master Plan whose goals are to balance the preservation of viable agriculture, cultural history, and the natural environment with public education and low-intensity recreation.  With the passage of Measure AA in June 2014, the District has recently opened Lower La Honda Creek for the first phase of public access.

Current Progress

Phase I - Public Access Trails (preliminary)Phase I: Trails and Sears Ranch Parking Area

Completed December 2017

The first phase of public access at La Honda Creek includes opening approximately 6 miles of trail in the lower Preserve area for hiking and horseback riding, and a new parking area at the end of Sears Ranch Road near the Town of La Honda. The Sears Ranch Parking Area provides space for 20 vehicles and includes a vault toilet.  Equestrian parking is available by permit at the Event Center.

Red Barn at La Honda Creek OSPPhase II: Red Barn Public Access Area and Trails

Located along Highway 84, the iconic Red Barn is the site of future parking and trail access into the Preserve.  The project will enable passive recreation including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and wildlife viewing. The staging area will include a paved parking lot with space for approximately 25 vehicles including horse trailer parking. The staging area will also include a restroom, picnic areas, trail and educational signage. As part of the development of the Red Barn Parking area, new trails will be constructed and opened to the public. Trails from the Red Barn Parking area will offer visitors trails of varying distance and difficulty as well as trail connections to the Allen Road and Sears Ranch staging areas located at the northern and southern extents of the property, respectively. The staging area and new trails are expected to open to the public in Fall 2020.

Planning and design of the Red Barn area has begun.

Red Barn Conceptual Design Alternatives Presentation

Presented at a Community Open House at La Honda Elementary School on Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Public Access ProjectsMaster Plan

The La Honda Creek Master Plan includes:

  • Creating over nine miles of new multi-use trails (including bicycles) and over 16 miles of new hiking and equestrian trails;
  • Implementing extensive resource management projects to improve wildlife habitat, restore creeks, and reduce wildfire risk;
  • Reintroducing cattle grazing to the northern portion of the Preserve, including the Red Barn area.

The Master Plan establishes a long-term vision for the Preserve to guide future decisions affecting use and management of the land for the next 30 years. The Master Plan would be implemented in four phases over the next 30 years. Proposed actions are prioritized based on their relative importance, critical need, and sequencing (when certain projects must precede others) to implement the District’s vision for the Preserve.  We are currently on schedule for Phase I implementation. 

If you have any questions about the Master Plan, please feel free to contact Lisa Bankosh, Project Manager, at lbankosh@openspace.org.

Project Timeline

Aug 2012 Master Plan Finalized: The Board certified the environmental documents and approved the Master Plan.
2012-2017 Phase I Implementation: Phase I trails and Sears Ranch parking area. High-priority water quality protection projects, wildfire response plan, Red Barn site specific plan.
2018-2022 Phase II Implementation: Trail connections, creek restoration, permanent parking areas, bridge replacement.
2023-2032 Phase III Implementation
2033-2042 Phase IV Implementation

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