“It’s a long time coming,” said Audrey Rust, former president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, a Palo Alto environmental group that led efforts to preserve the land in the late 1990s.
“But this really is a place where we need public access.
Redwood trees in the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve run by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in Los Gatos, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. The 1,400-acre property — formerly Alma College, a Jesuit school, from the 1930s to the 1960s — overlooks Lexington Reservoir.
When it comes to redwood forests, most people think of Muir Woods in Marin County, Big Basin in Santa Cruz County or Redwood National Park near the California-Oregon border.
That’s when a multi-use trail will be built as part of Phase 2 of the $35 million, 20-year plan to bring public amenities into the whole property. In 1906, Harry Tevis, the heir to a vast San Francisco mining fortune, built a 50-room mansion in the hills there, with a huge Roman-style swimming pool, a palatial library, horse stables and 43 full-time gardeners who grew prize-winning dahlias, lilies and roses.