Walking Tours in South Bay
The park is the site of over 135 years of mining activities with remnants of mining structures throughout the park. All mines and adits have been sealed except for the San Cristobal mine that can be viewed from behind a locked gate. The park covers a total of 4,152 acres with over 34 miles of hiking trails, some of which are shared with equestrians and bicycles. Wildflowers are abundant in the park in early spring. There is drinkable water at the Hacienda and Mockingbird Hill entrances. Ranger guided nature and history walks are available upon request.
This 4.3 acre park is home to Uvas Creek and a cultural and historical site. There is a self-guided walk around the whole park that includes informational panels and displays. The panels include photographs and original art about the Adams School, Ohlone village life and buildings, petroglyphs (rock art), the natural history of Uvas Creek, Spanish, California and Ohlone culture. There is ample parking and restrooms.
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve is a 274 acre area located in the Santa Cruz Mountains at an elevation of about 2000 feet. It has about 5 miles of mainly shaded, dirt trails for hikers and equestrians. The terrain is rolling grassland, oak woodland and shaded forest. Learn about earthquake geology on the self-guided San Andreas Fault trail. Restroom facilities are available at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve parking area, located directly across Page Mill Road. There is no drinking water.
This is an approximately 3,100 acre preserve that has a rich diversity of wildlife such as bobcats, deer and rabbits and plant life within a canyon, along streams, grassland, including wildflowers in season. There are about 15 miles of dirt trails for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians that cover shady and exposed areas and views of Santa Clara Valley and over to the Mt. Hamilton range. The Stevens Creek Nature Interpretive Trail is a self guided 3 mile loop that descends into the forested canyon, continues along the creek, and heads back up through grasslands. Parking is available for 45 cars. Additional parking is available at the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve parking area, located directly across Page Mill Road. Restrooms are available but no drinking water.
On this full day trip, our first adventure is leisurely educational walk at an internationally known sustainable farm where we will learn about the latest research on optimizing food production and learn tips for your garden. We will break for a social lunch by the beach. Next, we will visit the site of an historic tannery and learn about Santa Cruz tanning history and tour working art studios.