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Oh Yeah, Open Space!

Long before the tech industry started taking root in the South Bay, huge oaks, bays, alders, and sycamore trees dominated the landscape. Thanks to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, more than 16,000 acres of open space have been preserved for the public, with the newest preserve opening just two weeks ago. Here are three to explore!

Week 07.07.2015
Regions Northern CA

Coyote Calls

Hike Coyote Valley Open Space

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Ahhh, that new open space smell! Saved from corporate development and stretching from Morgan Hill to south San Jose, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve opened just a few weeks ago—shining with new redwood bridges, picnic areas, wildlife, wildflowers, and a terrific hiking and…
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Adventure After Hours

Evening Adventures in Redding

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Located just three hours northeast of San Francisco, Redding is cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen, with the Sacramento River running right through the city. And a little-known secret: Redding keeps the outdoor adventures going throughout summer nights! Here are the top…
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Morgan Glory

Hike Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space

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Set in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Morgan Hill’s Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve is remote, wild, and delivers summit views that can make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Reach sweeping vistas of the Diablo Range on a 5-mile (round-trip) loop…
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Sierra Vista Surprise

Hike Sierra Vista Open Preserve

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Urbanized landscape can sometimes blend beautifully with wide-open spaces. It’s all about perspective. And San Jose’s Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve provides it! Get unobstructed views of the Santa Clara Valley and all the way across the bay on a 4.2-mile (round-trip) partial…
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