El Sereno Open Space Preserve

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Campbell and San Jose from the El Sereno Open Space Preserve.
Lexington Reservoir from the preserve

El Sereno Open Space Preserve[1] is a park unit of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District located on the peak and slopes of 2580 ft. El Sereno mountain, a peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The preserve is located in Santa Clara County, California.

Location[edit]

The city of Monte Sereno, California is named after El Sereno mountain.[2] A portion of the city is built on the foothills of the mountain. El Sereno mountain is paired with El Sombroso mountain on each side of Los Gatos, California.

Geology[edit]

The San Andreas Fault runs in the valley immediately to the south of the mountain. The Berrocal fault zone runs under the mountain's northern slope. A small, unnamed fault runs in the small valley that leads down to Canon Dr.

Views[edit]

The preserve offers visitors views of Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, California and Lexington Reservoir. The Monterey peninsula can be seen in the distance.

Trails[edit]

Limited parking is available at the end of Montevina Rd. The Montevina Ridge Trail from there connects to the Aquinas Trail. The Serenity Trail goes to the base of a power pole overlooking Lexington Reservoir. The Overlook Trail is accessed at the end of Overlook Drive.

Cougar habitat[edit]

Cougar track in the preserve

El Sereno mountain is a habitat for the Cougar. Signs at the entrance to the preserve warn visitors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Sereno Open Space Preserve". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "El Sereno Summit". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°13′10″N 122°01′26″W / 37.21944°N 122.02389°W / 37.21944; -122.02389