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~6.1 Mile Hike @ Stevens Creek County Park & Fremont Older Open Space Preserve

  • Nov 10, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Link to government information about Stevens Creek County Park:

To print off a trail map of Stevens Creek County Park, go to:

Link to government information about Fremont Older Open Space Preserve:

To print off a trail map of the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, go to:


Directions:  Link to the destination point on Google Maps: Click on the "Street View" to get the value of this location.  Use the "Get Directions" button for directions from your starting point.

According to Google maps, this entrance is located at approximately 11473 Stevens Canyon Road  Cupertino.  To get to the meeting site, make a left turn into the Stevens Creek County Park entrance, off of Stevens Canyon Road.  Follow the entrance road until you reach your first left hand turn opportunity; make a left turn and enter the Chestnut Picnic Area parking lot.  Parking is $6 per car, and is paid through a vending machine.  If you are not carpooling, but wish to economize on the parking fee, please arrange a meeting point before you get to the park, and then drive in to the park in one car.

The "nuts & bolts" of the hike:

Hiking speed:  Regular hiking speed, short gathering stops at most trail junctions, break stop at the junction of Coyote Ridge Trail and the trail spur to Maisie's Peak, 2/5

Hiking surfaces:  Dirt trails and fire roads, 2/5

Elevation gain:  Trailhead ~400 feet; high point ~1170 feet; total ascent ~1110 feet, 2/5

Hike distance: ~6.1 mile loop, 3/5

Trail Exposure:  Mix of sun and shade

Hiking time:  ~3 Hours


Rated as moderate, 2.25/5

Hike details:  (Mile markers are approximate)

* gathering stop

** break stop

0.0: Begin at the Chestnut Picnic Area parking lot. Walk along the road past the Ranger Station to the Stevens Creek Tony Look Trail

0.2: Turn left onto Stevens Creek Tony Look Trail

0.4: Signed junction. Stay to the right on Stevens Creek Tony Look Trail

0.8: *Signed junction. Bear left to remain on Stevens Creek Tony Look Trail

2.8: *Junction near Stevens Creek Road. Turn left

2.8: Trail skirts picnic areas. Stay to the left at two consecutive junctions

3.6: Trail enters Fremont Older Open Space Preserve

3.7: *First of two junctions. Go straight, then turn right onto Vista Loop Trail

4.0: Junction. Turn left onto Coyote Ridge Trail

4.1: **Junction: (Optional) Turn right and climb to Maisie's Peak, then return back downhill to Coyote Ridge Trail and continue to the right

4.3: Junction with Vista Loop Trail. Continue straight on Coyote Ridge Trail

4.4: Junction. Continue straight on Coyote Ridge Trail

4.5: Junction. Continue straight on Coyote Ridge Trail

4.6: *Junction. Continue straight on Coyote Ridge Trail

5.0: Junction. The trail straight ahead is a dead-end. Bear left to continue on Coyote Ridge Trail

5.7: *Junction, again. Continue straight, and retrace your steps back to the trailhead

6.1: Meet at the Chestnut Picnic Area parking lot

Optional Lunch: Cooking Papa (Hong Kong Style) 2830 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051!data=!1m4!1m3!1d29315!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!4m24!3m23!1m5!1s11473+Stevens+Canyon+Rd%2C+Cupertino%2C+CA+95014!2s0x808fb47cb06e84ef%3A0x88caf8a297b7859d!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!1m5!1s2830+Homestead+Rd%2C+Santa+Clara%2C+CA+95051!2s0x808fca646ea6bfc5%3A0x[masked]e50488aeb!3m2!3d[masked]!4d[masked]!2e0!3m8!1m3!1d29316!2d[masked]!3d[masked]!3m2!1i1259!2i887!4f13.1!4i1&fid=0

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Individuals interested in carpooling may voluntarily do so.  You are advised that the use of carpool system is voluntary and entirely at the discretion of participants. Almaden hiking group or the organizers assumes no responsibility.  It is the responsibility of individuals participating in a carpool to notify their insurance provider of their intent to carry non-family passengers and to ensure that they have adequate coverage to protect both themselves and their passengers. It is the responsibility of the individual accepting a ride in a carpool to ensure that the driver of the vehicle has an acceptable driving record, is licensed accordingly and has adequate insurance to protect both driver and passengers.  Almaden Hiking Group and organizers are no way responsible for verifying or certifying the reliability, driving ability or insurance status of drivers and participants using the system. 

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I understand that during my participation in any Event or Activity organized by the Almaden Hiking Group, I may be exposed to risks include, but are not limited to, the dangers of serious personal injury, property damage, and death (“Injuries and Damages”). I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Almaden Hiking Group, its Organizers, event hosts and leaders from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, in any way connected with the Activity. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Almaden Hiking Group and leaders from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while a participant on the Activity. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on the Activity.


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I have read this document in its entirety and I freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and Damages and notwithstanding such risks, I agree to participate in the Activity.

Carpool Location: No formal carpool location, hikers please use the comments area to form an impromptu carpool location, thanks.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great! I enjoyed meeting everybody and the hike was fantastic. I would do it again. Graeme, thanks for organizing the hike.

    November 10, 2013

  • Annie J.

    Thanks Graehm for a fun hike!

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Graeme

    Thank you all for coming out today. The clouds went away quickly, and it was a beautiful day for a hike! <iframe src=""; width="950" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

    November 10, 2013

  • Niola C

    Perfect time of year for this hike.,.always a great group of people...

    November 10, 2013

  • min

    anyone want to carpool at Trade Joe's by Foothill Express & 280 ? call or text me at[masked]

    November 9, 2013

  • Niola C

    Anyone meeting at the Starbucks at bascom exit off 85 to carpool? If yes, what time?

    November 9, 2013

  • Nieves

    Hi Graeme,
    Can you post a phone number just in case I get lost? Thanks :)

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Graeme, perfect! This is the kind of advice I am looking for. Thank you.

    November 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Question about clothing. I went hiking in Muir woods in summer and shorts and tea shirt seemed to be fine then. Since it is a bit cooler in the mornings now do I need a sweat shirt and sweat pants?
    Thank you

    November 9, 2013

    • Graeme

      Sooraj, the first half of this hike will be through the trees, and on the backside of a hill, so there will be little sun exposure to warm the air. The last time I did this hike was 1 year ago, and it was quite cool at the start, warming up nicely as we crossed over to the other side of the hill, and onto more exposed terrain. The amount of clothing people wear is a personal thing, Since you are new, and I don't know you, my only suggestion is to wear layers, and bring a pack of some kind to store the layers should you wish to peel them off. I personally wear shorts to hike about 95% of the time, but I layer my upper body, and bring a flask of hot tea to stay warm. I expect temps at the start to be in the 40's at the start, and upper 60's when we finish, but only if it is clear in the morning. Cupertino can be foggy early on in the day.

      November 9, 2013

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  • Graeme
    Group Co-organizer, Event Organizer, Hike Leader, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • min
  • Niola C
    Hike Leader
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member

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