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What to Do

Midpen preserves are an ideal setting for a wide range of activities.

Visitors will find nearly 250 miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking, nature study, dog walking, horseback riding and more. Come explore your open space!
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Monte Bello Preserve (Sharla Oliveri)

Walking and Hiking

All trails at Midpen are open for walking, hiking and running. From an easy stroll around an inviting pond to a challenging climb up one of our many hillsides, there’s a path for you. Many of our nearly 250 miles of designated trails are unpaved “wildland” trails in steep, rugged terrain.

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Hikers enjoying sunset sky at Monte Bello Preserve
Sunset hikers at Monte Bello Preserve (Karl Gohl)

Free guided activities lead by volunteer docent naturalists offer a great way to explore a new preserve, learn about the natural environment or join others for outdoor recreation. Whether it's a short stroll by a scenic pond or a vigorous hike to the top of a summit, there's something for everyone!

Self-guided Walks

We've compiled a variety of self-guided walks across the Midpen preserves. Learn the stories of Mount Umunhum in Sierra Azul Preserve, learn about the varied habitats around Alpine Pond in Skyline Ridge Preserve, see where the San Andreas Fault splits Los Trancos Preserve and more! Many tours can be downloaded to free smartphone apps.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game where the objective is to locate geocaches, or hidden containers, outdoors with the help of a GPS-enabled device or smartphone using coordinates that are posted online. Many Midpen preserves have geocaches for you to find.

Upcoming Events and Activities