Where? : Located in Saratoga, the small parking lot is located at the end of Prospect Rd.
What? : Fremont Older is the nearest park that I’m visiting all the time.
15 min drive from Sunnyvale and you are finding yourself in a big nature space where you can hike (also with kids, no strollers), run or mountain bike for many miles. The park has some nice south-valley viewpoints at the hilltops (Hunter's Point, Maisies peak, Nob Hill).
There are many animals you can see in the open space, on top of deer’s you can spot wild turkey, coyote and even bobcat.
The parking lot is small and if no parking spot is available you need to park ¼ mile down the road and walk up to the parking lot.
Another option is to park at Prospect Rd. and take the longer 2 miles Parker Ranch Trail to the park.
Steven Spring loop (Red)
Coyote Ridge (Orange)
Recommended hike/bike trails:
· Option 1: Cora Older -> Hayfield Trail -> Hunter's Point -> Seven Spring loop
· Option 2: Up the ridge: Cora Older -> Hayfield Trail -> Toyon Trail-> Bay view trail-> Coyote Ridge -> Maisie's Peak-> Coyote Ridge (south)-> Parker Ranch-> Toyon Trail-> back to starting point
· Option 3: Long loop hike down to the lake (can’t do with bike): Cora Older-> Hayfield Trail-> Coyote Ridge (north) all the way down to Stevens Creek park-> Stevens Creek Tony look trail (left)-> near the end of the lake trail (it is getting into dead-end) take left into Tony look trail-> passing Stevens Creek Tony Look Trail Head-> lookout trail up the ridge-> Vista loop trail-> Coyote Ridge-> down back to parking lot
Deu note for biking: There are many trails for bike, some are close during winter.
If you are going down to Stevens Creek lake you must go up the same way or with the road. The Tony-Look trail and the Lookout Trail are close to bike.
My Viewpoint: this is one of my prefered local parks, nature escape experience, 15 minute drive from home, not crowded, with a lot of animals to watch.