Stevens Creek County Park to Fremont Older Open Space Preserve

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:  Moderate to Strenuous in Parts
LENGTH: About 7 miles (approx. 3.5 to 4 hours with break stop) 
SWEEP:  Charlie

About Stevens Creek County Park:

First established in 1924, Stevens Creek Park is the oldest of the Santa Clara County parks. The park, now 1,042 acres including the 93 acre reservoir, offers a great variety of plant communities which reflect the differences in topography, moisture availability, and orientation to the sun. Similarly, wildlife diversity in the park is highly due to the diversity of habitat. It is also a very popular birding location, with over 125 species having been recorded to date. Stevens Creek dam was built by the WPA in 1936 and seismically reinforced in the 1980s.

Hike Description: We'll start the hike from the main parking lot, which is the first one after entering the park road. We'll be making a loop starting with a climb up the Coyote Ridge trail up the canyon into the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve where we'll have magnificent views of San Francisco Bay, Mt. Diablo, and the Santa Clara Valley. The Coyote Ridge trail will take us to Maisie's Peak, the highest point in Fremont Older Open Space and named for the late Maisie Garrod, matriarch of the family that now owns and operates Garrod Farms, which is adjacent to the Fremont Older Open Space, We'll return via the Lookout trail which will take us to the Madrone Picnic area where we'll stop for a snack. We'll then continue our return via the Tony Look trail through chapparral hillsides and wooded canyons along the east perimeter of the reservoir, past Stevens Creek dam and spillway, and back to the parking lot along the creek trail.

Elevation and Length: Elevation approx. 1200 feet. This hike was is approximately 7 miles in length and take us about three and half hours. Bring a snack to eat at the Madrone picnic area.

Directions to Trail Head: Note: We will be starting the hike at the big parking lot just after entering at the North Park Entrance. The entrance to the park is located along Stevens Canyon Road and Mt. Eden Road in the foothills between Saratoga and Cupertino. Parking is $6.00.

From 280: Take Interstate Highway 280 to Foothill Expressway. Follow Foothill Blvd. west three miles to the northern park entrance (Foothill Blvd. changes into Stevens Canyon Road as it crosses McClellan Road). The park entrance is on the left

From 85 take the Stevens Creek exit and turn left. Make a left on Foothill Expressway which will turn into Stevens Canyon Road. Follow Foothill Blvd. west three miles to the northern park entrance on the left: Details & Distance. 1. From 85 take Stevens Creek exit 2. Turn LEFT onto STEVENS CREEK BLVD. 1.1 mi 3. Turn LEFT onto S FOOTHILL BLVD. 0.5 MI 4. S FOOTHILL BLVD becomes STEVENS CANYON RD. 0.7 mi 5. The park, 11401 STEVENS CANYON RD, is on the LEFT.

RSVP Guidelines: If you RSVP “yes,” please be sure to attend. If you are later unable to attend, please change your RSVP to “no” so the hike leader knows how many will be attending. We will organize a waiting list if the group becomes full. If there’s a cancellation, the spot will go to the first member on the waiting list.

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  • jane b.

    One of the best local hikes with the best local group...thank you Dawn and Charlie!

    May 25

  • Chau

    Alternating between steep climbs and fast descents in the shades of trees, good idea to start early before the heat. Thanks Dawn !

    May 25

  • carleen a.

    Nice hike

    May 24

  • Jojo V.

    A wonderful day to start the weekend and meeting new friends. Thanks Dawn!

    May 24

  • Bill

    Great hike, friendly group!

    May 24

  • Frank

    Pretty nice, w/ a good work-out and nice people :)

    May 24

  • Glenn N

    Yes, Chestnut, on the north end of the park. The map was way off.

    May 24

  • Dawn

    It's the chestnut picnic area but just come to the main entrance and come down the hill and you'll see the parking lot.

    May 24

  • jane b.

    Sycamore is a Group Picnic Area with parking by reservation with fees...it is quite far from the main parking lot where day use fees are collected and the trails access Coyote Ridge. Sounds like we should meet at the main parking lot where day use fees are collected.

    May 24

  • Glenn N

    Sycamore Picnic area is the parking spot.

    May 23

  • Bill

    Be happy to drive any carpoolers from Hamilton/17 Panera Bread if that works for ya

    May 23

    • Bill

      7:45am? I'll be at Panera Bread on Hamilton/17 (accross the street from Home Depot. My number is 408/[masked] if lost or change if plans

      May 23

    • Jojo V.

      I will be there. Thank you Bill.

      May 23

  • Judy H

    Shoot, I'm not going to be able to make this hike afterall:(

    May 21

  • Jeff

    Forgot I am going to the Santa Cruz Blues Fest on Saturday. Have fun!!

    May 20

  • Jojo V.

    Hi, interested to ride with a carpool from West San Jose and willing to share expenses. Thank you

    May 18

  • Laura G.

    Sounds like a good way to start the Memorial Day weekend.

    May 10

  • Monica

    Out of town for the weekend ~ have a great time!

    May 10

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  • Dawn
    Founding Member + Centennial Club 100+ Hikes with Group, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • becky
    SBR Centennial Club 100+ Hikes with Group
  • Femy
    SBR Centennial Club Member 100+ Hikes with Group
  • Glenn N
    SBR Centennial Club Member 100+ Hikes with Group, Assistant Organizer
  • Laurie +1
  • Ronen +1
  • Atam R. +1
  • Lori T
    SBR Centennial Club Member 100+ Hikes with Group, Organizer
  • MARCIA
    Founding Member + Centennial Club 100+ Hikes with Group, Assistant Organizer
  • A former member

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