Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above the towns of San Carlos and Redwood City. This 366-acre preserve features trails for hiking and walking one's dog, including an off-leash area.
More than 34 miles of multiuse trail are available for exploration at the 2,908-acre El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. While this preserve is extremely popular with bicyclists, it also has lots of hearty hiking and horseback riding opportunities.
Located in the wetlands of the San Francisco Bay, the 376-acre Ravenswood Open Space Preserve is a great location for birdwatching and family adventures. A flat, easy-access pedestrian and bicycle trail runs along the levee surrounding the marsh.
One of Midpen's largest and most diverse preserves, La Honda Creek offers immersion into a historic ranchland with grazing cattle, views of the San Mateo County Coast and Santa Cruz Mountains and pockets of redwood forest.
Windy Hill is named for its distinctive, breezy grass-covered hilltop, which can be seen from many areas of the peninsula. The 1,414-acre preserve features open grassland ridges and forests of redwood, fir, and oak.
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve is a 274-acre area located in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Palo Alto. This is an ideal spot to learn about earthquake geology. The San Andreas Fault, one of the world's longest and most active faults, splits the preserve.
The 3,436-acre Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is a place of rolling grasslands, dense creekside forests and spectacular vistas. The preserve encompasses the upper Stevens Creek watershed and is one of Midpen's richest in wildlife and ecosystem diversity.
Located on the urban fringe and extending towards Mt. Eden Road to the south and Stevens Creek County Park to the west, Fremont Older Preserve offers a variety of experiences to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.
St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve sits above the town of Los Gatos on open space land that was once part of the Jesuit Novitiate for the California province of the Catholic order. Remnants of the school's historic vineyards are still visible to visitors of the 273-acre preserve.
Managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve protects 1,440 acres of biologically rich ecosystems including second-growth redwood forests, perennial creeks, oak woodland and extensive areas of Douglas fir.