Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,303.00 ft (397.15 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
5.71 mi (9.19 km)
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Bear Creek Redwoods is a relatively new park preserve maintained by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District that opened up as of June 2019. Previously, only a small section of the park was available for exploring by permit only. The terrain consists mostly of second-growth redwood with a bit of old-growth as well as oak, madrone and pine mixed in. Because this park preserve is located in the South Bay, temperatures can get pretty warm in the summer. Be sure to bring plenty of water since there is no drinking water in the park. 

This hiking loop is a moderate hike that consists of very scenic fire roads the whole way through. The trails are mostly shaded with a few areas that open up to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The climb is mostly gradual with a few steeper sections, however, it is not a technical hike and is therefore appropriate for all experience levels. This hike is also great for all seasons and is especially breathtaking after a rainfall. 

At the Bear Creek Redwood Preserve Parking Lot, cross Bear Creek Road to reach the trailhead. Start by going up Alma Trail. At the first junction, go left to continue down Alma Trail. Pretty soon, you will see some old-growth redwoods. Along the way, you will encounter a bridge that crosses Webb Creek. After crossing the bridge and soaking up the beauty, continue to climb until you reach Madrone Knoll Trail which is the halfway point. Take the Redwood Springs Trail - you will be descending back down for the most part. There are a few minor uphill sections. The scenery transitions from redwoods to oak and madrone. This trail eventually meets up with the Alma Trail to connect into a loop. Head back down the Alma Trail leading you to the trailhead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

redwoods, shaded, old-growth, moderate, free parking

Cons

no dogs, no potable water

Trailhead Elevation

997.00 ft (303.89 m)

Highest point

1,874.00 ft (571.20 m)

Features

Family friendly
Old-growth forest

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

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