Trail and Old Barn

Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash

Overview

Coal Creek is an ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog. Several trails can be combined to create a pleasant 2- or 3-mile loop. Views of the San Francisco Bay Area can be seen from the open grassland ridges below the Caltrans vista point parking area.

Dog, Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the preserve -- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

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Features

  • Coal Creek provides visitors with a variety of environments.
  • Seasonal waterfalls can be found in the wetter winter months.
  • Ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog.

How to Get Here

Coal Creek Open Space Preserve can be reached from the Caltrans vista point pull-out area on Skyline Boulevard (opposite Russian Ridge Preserve gate RR01), approximately 1.2 miles north of Page Mill Road and 6 miles south of Highway 84.

Coal Creek is also accessible to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians from Alpine Road.

Get driving directions:

 

 

Trails

The preserve's 5 miles of trail provide important trail connections between Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.

Mountain bicyclists can take advantage of this connection to complete loops through Russian Ridge back to Portola Valley.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

This information is updated as needed when trails are opened or closed, or when there is scheduled trail maintenance. Visit the full Trail Conditions page for more information.

History

Although Coal Creek Preserve is only around 500 acres, there is much to enjoy about its rich history. Once a place where Native Americans gathered and ground acorns and other seeds, purchase by Midpen saved this area from being turned into a residential subdivision. 

Regulations

  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access. For more information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicycles: Are allowed on designated trails only (those shown on the map for bicycle use). Helmets are required. Observe the 15 mph trail speed limit (5 mph when passing). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
     
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Weapons: All weapons are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Plants & Wildlife: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. If you encounter wildlife during a visit, do not approach, startle or feed it. Although wild animals are generally fearful of humans and will run away, some wildlife can be dangerous. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming, wading or engaging in any water-contact activity is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Overview

Coal Creek is an ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog. Several trails can be combined to create a pleasant 2- or 3-mile loop. Views of the San Francisco Bay Area can be seen from the open grassland ridges below the Caltrans vista point parking area.

Dog, Bike and Equestrian Access Limited: Activities may not be designated on all trails within the preserve -- always refer to the map and trail signage for where the activity is permitted. 

Features

  • Coal Creek provides visitors with a variety of environments.
  • Seasonal waterfalls can be found in the wetter winter months.
  • Ideal place for a quick afternoon hike with one's dog.

Coal Creek Open Space Preserve can be reached from the Caltrans vista point pull-out area on Skyline Boulevard (opposite Russian Ridge Preserve gate RR01), approximately 1.2 miles north of Page Mill Road and 6 miles south of Highway 84.

Coal Creek is also accessible to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians from Alpine Road.

Get driving directions:

 

 

Trails

The preserve's 5 miles of trail provide important trail connections between Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians.

Mountain bicyclists can take advantage of this connection to complete loops through Russian Ridge back to Portola Valley.

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

This information is updated as needed when trails are opened or closed, or when there is scheduled trail maintenance. Visit the full Trail Conditions page for more information.

Although Coal Creek Preserve is only around 500 acres, there is much to enjoy about its rich history. Once a place where Native Americans gathered and ground acorns and other seeds, purchase by Midpen saved this area from being turned into a residential subdivision. 

  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permittedIn accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access. For more information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicycles: Are allowed on designated trails only (those shown on the map for bicycle use). Helmets are required. Observe the 15 mph trail speed limit (5 mph when passing). For more information visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
     
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Weapons: All weapons are prohibited in preserves.
     
  • Plants & Wildlife: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. If you encounter wildlife during a visit, do not approach, startle or feed it. Although wild animals are generally fearful of humans and will run away, some wildlife can be dangerous. 
     
  • Water Areas: Swimming, wading or engaging in any water-contact activity is prohibited.

Download District Regulations and Ordinances

Download Preserve Map

Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian
Dogs on Leash

Hours

Preserves are open from one-half hour before official sunrise until one-half hour after official sunset.

Preserve Activities

There are no events scheduled at this preserve currently.