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Trail Tales - November 2021

A key thread that runs throughout Midpen’s Vision Plan is our community’s commitment to regional trails. With nonprofit, government and other partners, Midpen has long shared the goal of developing an interconnected network of multiuse trails that link open space lands throughout the San Francisco Peninsula to each other and to population centers. Midpen’s commitment goes back to 1989, when we dedicated the first few miles of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the regional trail system that will eventually circumnavigate the entire the San Francisco Bay.

Here's some of the latest from our trails.

Bay Area Ridge Trail

Bay Area Ridge Trail Sign

At El Sereno Open Space Preserve, 3.5 miles of trail were dedicated as Bay Area Ridge Trail. This not only helps Midpen’s long-time nonprofit partner reach the milestone of 400 miles of dedicated trails this year, but it also adds to the already 45 miles of Ridge Trail that you can visit in Midpen preserves!

Stevens Creek Trail

Stevens Creek Trail logo

At Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, 4 miles of trail were dedicated as Stevens Creek Trail, a regional trail that follows the 21-mile Stevens Creek corridor from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the San Francisco Bay. As a Board-approved Measure AA 5-Year Project, this is just the beginning. Midpen and Santa Clara County Parks will be collaborating on future planning efforts to complete trail connections between Stevens Creek County Park, Picchetti Ranch Preserve and Monte Bello Preserve.

Craig Britton Trail

Craig Britton Trail at Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve

The Craig Britton Trail at Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve will be CLOSED on Saturday, November 6 as volunteers join us for Bay Area Ridge Trail Service Day. They'll work to clear and repair the trail tread (the surface of the trail) and to widen the trail in select locations of this well loved route through the heart of the preserve. 

While this project is full, it is just one of many projects taking place across the Bay Area. Find out how to get involved at

Trail Information Sharing System Pilot Project Underway

This summer, we began a pilot project to assist visitors with wayfinding and trail route decisions. Midpen staff hiked approximately 50 miles of trail across Rancho San Antonio, Skyline Ridge, and Monte Bello preserves while measuring the physical terrain. The quantitative data collected will help us characterize the physical attributes of our trails, from steepness to tread width and obstacles. Ultimately, we hope to incorporate this information into trail descriptions, signage and maps.

As part of this work, we are conducting a brief online survey to obtain information on how visitors currently select trails for their recreational and accessibility needs and determine if additional resources would be helpful. Your responses will help us develop ideas to make our content more user-friendly.

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