This summer, the Open Space Authority will be opening up the currently by-reservation-only Palassou Ridge preserve just north of Gilroy to members of the public for walking and horseback riding (stayed tuned for a mountain biking-only access day this fall!).
The preserve offers 12 miles of trails to explore at your own pace!PALASSOU RIDGE PUBLIC-ACCESS WEEKEND
Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11 | 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Palassou Ridge Preserve
Gilroy Hot Springs Road, Gilroy
Free parking will be available at the Hunting Hollow Entrance of Henry W. Coe State Park
Protected in 1999, the 3,524 Palassou Ridge connects Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park to Henry W. Coe State Park. This preserve has deep, wooded canyons and rolling grassy hills as well as important habitat for California red-legged frogs and California tiger salamanders. The property also contains a historic stone house and was a campsite for the Anza Expedition.
Watch an exclusive sneak-peek video of Palassou's amazing sights here.
Check out our recommended routes with different levels for varying fitness levels and abilities, download the trail map, and register for the event below!