Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, Saratoga

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Fremont Older Open Space Preserve is a 739acre regional park located in Santa Clara County, California and operated by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The preserve contains 14.7 miles (23.7 km) of hiking trails, nearly all open to equestrians and bicycles. The area has been owned by the district since 1975.The preserve is named after San Francisco newspaper editor Fremont Older, a previous owner. Older and his wife, Cora, purchased the then-200acre property for $10,000 in 1912. They built a house there in 1914, where the Olders lived until their deaths, Fremont in 1935 and Cora in 1968. The house, known as Woodhills, has an unusual architectural style which incorporates both the shingle style and the then-developing modern movement.The house was condemned at the time the district purchased the property, and was to be demolished. However, in 1979, newspaper publisher Mort Levine lobbied the district to save the house. The district agreed to lease it to Levine for 25 years at $1 per year. Levine and his wife spent $350,000 and the next 12 years renovating the house, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now their private residence, but is open to docent led tours each spring.
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  • Great location, with very beautiful views. Jogging, a little difficult, it goes up and down all the time. Nordic walking in very well. A lot of visible animals: deer, turkeys, rabbits, prey... A good breath of fresh air to come out of Silicon Valley.
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  • We did a late morning hike with our dog on a sunny June day. The weather was warm, but the trail was dotted with shady areas along the way. We stopped at numerous points to admire the views. Near the ...  more »
  • Fremont Older is a great local hike in the Saratoga/Cupertino area. There are switchbacks at the start, then it levels off a bit then you climb again to get to the summit. There is a bench at the summ...  more »
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  • Great hikes and views. Parking can be sparse at peak hours, but it's worth it. The park rangers are nice and very helpful. There are no garbage cans so make sure to leave the park with your trash and dog poop. Dogs are welcome, and so are mountain bikes. Close to Saratoga/San Jose so you can grab a nice meal after your dose of nature.
  • Awesome awesome awesome. Beautiful place to hike, bike, run. Great views. Can go with a stroller. Parking is really tight so get there early or park on the street (but will have to walk 5-10 mins to the entrance).
  • Natural place for quick hike. Nice view of entire silicone valley. Quiet, serene, and bird sound around, always a treatment for busy life
  • Trails galore. Explore the beautiful foothills of the Southbay. If you arrive during early spring you'll enjoy green hills and an assortment of flowers and native plants.
  • Great for hiking and non-technical mountain biking. Great views of the Bay, and beautiful scenery especially Wedding and Vista Loop trails.
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