Mount Umunhum Grand Opening

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Event Details | Tour Details | Reservations | FAQ

We’re excited to announce that the District will begin accepting online reservations on Wednesday, August 2 at 10:00 a.m. for first look guided tours.

Our Grand Opening Celebration will offer a first look at the restored mountaintop via three guided tour options to accommodate a range of interests and abilities. Participants can enjoy spectacular views, learn the mountain’s rich history, explore new trails and connect with nature atop one of the highest peaks in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

If you prefer to visit on your own, Mount Umunhum's summit and trails open to the public on Monday, September 18. 

Event Details

Before you make your reservations, here's what you need to know:

  • Participants will need to choose a tour type and time when registering.
  • Reservations can be made for up to (4) four people.
  • Everyone must have a reservation, including children of all ages.
  • Participants will be required to stay with their group for the duration of the tour and hike.
  • Participants will be transported to Mount Umunhum via a shuttle service from a designated location. Parking is NOT available at the summit.
  • Dogs are not allowed on Mount Umunhum, nor can they be left unattended in your car. Thank you for leaving your furry friends at home. 

GRAND OPENING TOURS

Please click below for complete details on each experience.

Guided Summit Tour This tour is ADA accessible and is appropriate for visitors of all abilities.

Tour includes: 
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the summit from a designated pickup location.
  • A guided tour of the summit. Midpen docents will lead you on a tour around the summit sharing stories about the unique biodiversity of the mountain and its long and storied history from Native American origins, through the Cold War, to present day.
  • A visit to our partner booth plaza where visitors can learn more about the restoration and history of Mount Umunhum.

Total Duration: Approximately 4 hours. 

Departure Location: Shuttles will depart from Almaden Quicksilver County Park - Hacienda and Casa Grande parking lots, Dartmouth Middle School, or Venture Christian Church

Tour Times: Tours departures are scheduled from 9:00 am to 3:40 pm.*

*Reservations are for a specific shuttle time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.


Guided Summit Tour & Trail Preview This tour is appropriate for individuals who are comfortable climbing stairs and walking short distances on dirt trails with a steep grade.

Tour includes: 
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the summit from a designated pickup location.
  • A guided tour of the summit. Midpen docents will lead you on a tour around the summit sharing stories about the unique biodiversity of the mountain and its long and storied history from Native American origins, through the Cold War, to present day.
  • A visit to our partner booth plaza where visitors can learn more about the restoration and history of Mount Umunhum.
  • A preview hike of the new Mount Umunhum Trail from the east summit to the trailhead shelter. The hike is 0.2 miles down a steep trail that includes rocky steps. Wear boots or sturdy walking shoes appropriate for rugged trails.


Total Duration: Approximately 4 hours. 

Departure Location: Shuttles will depart from Almaden Quicksilver County Park - Hacienda and Casa Grande parking lots, Dartmouth Middle School, or Venture Christian Church

Tour Times: Tours departures are scheduled from 9:00 am to 3:40 pm.*

*Reservations are for a specific shuttle time. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.


Guided Summit Tour & Full Trail Hike This tour is appropriate for individuals who are comfortable with a 2-3 hour hike along a 3.8-mile single-track trail at a moderate pace.  Young children not recommended.

Tour includes: 
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the summit from a designated pickup location.
  • A guided tour of the summit. Midpen docents will lead you on a tour around the summit sharing stories about the unique biodiversity of the mountain and its long and storied history from Native American origins, through the Cold War, to present day.
  • A visit to our partner booth plaza where visitors can learn more about the restoration and history of Mount Umunhum.
  • A docent-led hike descending Mount Umunhum Trail from the summit to the Bald Mountain parking area. The hike is 3.8 miles down a dirt single-track trail with a moderate grade.

Total Duration: Approximately 6 hours.

Departure Location: Shuttles will depart from Almaden Quicksilver County Park - Hacienda parking lot

Tour Times: Tour departures are scheduled from 7:30 am to 8:45 am*.

*Reservations are for a specific shuttle time. Late arrivals will not be accommodated.


RESERVATIONS

Online reservations will be available on this page beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I just want to hike, bike or drive on my own?

Mount Umunhum Rd. and the Mount Umunhum Trail and Summit will be open to the public beginning Monday, September 18.  Reservations for access on Grand Opening Weekend are required. 

How do I make a reservation?

Reservations will be accepted online beginning Wednesday August 2, at 10:00 AM PST. You may make reservations for up to four people. Reservations for all tours are on a "first come, first served" basis. If you need assistance, please contact the district at 650-691-1200.

Are children allowed and do they need a reservation?

We welcome all ages on the tours, but the tour size is limited by shuttle capacity, so please make a reservation for each person who will attend. Strollers are not recommended. Please read tour options below to select an appropriate match for your child’s ability level.

Is there a fee?

No, reservations for this event are free. Midpen preserves, trails, and parking areas are free 365 days a year!

What if the tour option and time I want is full?

If your first choice is full please select a different tour. Space is limited, reservations are on a "first come, first served" basis.

Is there a waitlist?

Yes, once all tours are full you can sign up for the waitlist. There are a limited number of waitlist spots available and openings will be offered in order of request received.

What if I need to cancel/change my reservation?

Look for the "Your Account" information at the bottom of your confirmation email. Click the link to log in and edit your reservation. If you need additional assistance please contact the District at (650) 691-1200 or info@openspace.org.

My group/family is larger than four – how can I make reservations for everyone?

If you need to make reservations for more than four people, consider having others in the group make reservations as well. 

What if it is raining?

Safety is a priority for our organization. If weather conditions require the event to be cancelled, all participants will be notified by email.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not allowed at Mount Umunhum on all trails, parking lots and roads, nor can they be left unattended in your car. Thank you for leaving your furry friends at home. (MROSD Section 701.1 b; California Penal Code 597.7 (a))

Are tours accessible?

The Guided Summit Tour is accessible. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this event, please contact the District at (650) 691-1200 or adacoordinator@openspace.org

Are there trash and recycling bins?

In effort to minimize the burden, we support a pack-in pack-out policy and you carry away any waste you produce and deposit it in your home recycling containers.

Are there restrooms?

Two permanent accessible vault toilet restrooms are available next to the shuttle drop-off area, additional portable restrooms will also be available during the event  – please note there is NO water available at Mount Umunhum. Temporary water stations will be available on this day so please bring a reusable water bottle.