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Long Ridge Open Space Preserve

Wildflowers and Wallace Stegner

To the west of Cupertino and Silicon Valley along a 13-mile contiguous stretch of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Long Ridge Open Space Preserve has something for everyone. Its more than 2,000 acres boast trails both long and short for hikers, cyclists and equestrians through its shady woodlands, spring wildflower-filled grasslands, and up to its namesake ridge with Pacific ocean views. Long Ridge Open Space Preserve connects the larger wild lands of the Santa Cruz Mountains, critical for wildlife habitat and recreation, through Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and Portola Redwood State Park to the west and Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve and Castle Rock State Park to the East.

Sempervirens Fund helped preserve lands now open to the public in Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.

photo by Michael Findling.

The Long History of Preserving Long Ridge

Sempervirens Fund worked with landowners in the area and raised funds to create Long Ridge Open Space Preserve in 1978. In 1985, Sempervirens Fund supporters helped Midpeninsula Regional Open Space preserve more than 200 acres located on Highway 35, considered the last real working cattle ranch in the area, as part of the preserve for people and wildlife to enjoy. Along its namesake ridge, the Stegner Memorial Bench was dedicated in 1996 in memory of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and local preservationist Wallace Stegner. Today, Long Ridge Open Space Preserve has grown to 2,035 acres of lush natural lands helping to connect habitat and recreational opportunities across the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Long Ridge Creek by Karl Gohl
Long Ridge Creek by Karl Gohl

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