Preserve Info

Hiking
Biking
Equestrian

Overview

Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve is a 1,540-acre outdoor adventure. The Sempervirens Fund provided critical support for acquisition of portions of this preserve.

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

  • Attractive lichen-covered boulders and sandstone rock outcrops add to the scenic value of this area.

Directions

Parking

  • Available at the Caltrans vista point on the southeast corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Highway 9 intersection.
  • Cross Highway 9 to reach the trailhead for Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, located at the northeastern corner of this junction.

Get driving directions:

 

Trails

Saratoga Gap Trail - Dedicated as part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail,the nearly two-mile multi-use trail parallels Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), and connects with trails leading to Sanborn-Skyline County Park, Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks, Upper Stevens Creek County Park, and Long Ridge, Skyline Ridge, and Monte Bello Open Space Preserves, and beyond. The Trail passing under the spreading branches of weathered oaks before dropping into a cool, wooded Douglas fir forest. Trail ends across from the Hickory Oaks trailhead to Long Ridge Open Space Preserve and Highway 35.

Bicyclists - please note that Charcoal Road is open to uphill traffic only and helmets are also required within Upper Stevens Creek County Park.

 

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

History

The steep hillsides hold oak and mixed-evergreen forests that once yielded bark for tannin as well as wood for charcoal, both important commodities for early settlers. The District acquired the first parcel of the Preserve in 1974 from Paul and Nessie Cheseborough, supporters of open space, who made a gift of about 165 acres to the District. Sempervirens Fund, provided critical supporter for acquisition of parts of this Preserve.

Regulations

  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • 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

Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve is a 1,540-acre outdoor adventure. The Sempervirens Fund provided critical support for acquisition of portions of this preserve.

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

  • Attractive lichen-covered boulders and sandstone rock outcrops add to the scenic value of this area.

Parking

  • Available at the Caltrans vista point on the southeast corner of the Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and Highway 9 intersection.
  • Cross Highway 9 to reach the trailhead for Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve, located at the northeastern corner of this junction.

Get driving directions:

 

Trails

Saratoga Gap Trail - Dedicated as part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail,the nearly two-mile multi-use trail parallels Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35), and connects with trails leading to Sanborn-Skyline County Park, Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks, Upper Stevens Creek County Park, and Long Ridge, Skyline Ridge, and Monte Bello Open Space Preserves, and beyond. The Trail passing under the spreading branches of weathered oaks before dropping into a cool, wooded Douglas fir forest. Trail ends across from the Hickory Oaks trailhead to Long Ridge Open Space Preserve and Highway 35.

Bicyclists - please note that Charcoal Road is open to uphill traffic only and helmets are also required within Upper Stevens Creek County Park.

 

Trail Conditions

No trail conditions to report.

The steep hillsides hold oak and mixed-evergreen forests that once yielded bark for tannin as well as wood for charcoal, both important commodities for early settlers. The District acquired the first parcel of the Preserve in 1974 from Paul and Nessie Cheseborough, supporters of open space, who made a gift of about 165 acres to the District. Sempervirens Fund, provided critical supporter for acquisition of parts of this Preserve.

  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • 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

Hours

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

Preserve Activities