Speed dating the woodlands
It’s a redwood resource that is not available on the Santa Clara County side of the hill.
A 1937 photograph of the Alma College Campus looking south toward the Santa Cruz Mountains. Buildings: dormitories (no longer standing), classroom building, library, and Tevis mansion.
“When we bought it, we thought it would take about four years to open,” she said. You have a certain amount of money and you spend it a certain way.
It was disappointing that it has taken this long, but I’m so glad voters passed the measure to fund it.
Plans call for construction crews to build six miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding — many of them on old logging roads — along with interpretive signs, culverts and a 50-car parking lot along Bear Creek Road, in time for a grand opening to the public next spring. It’s some of the best-preserved second-growth redwood forest in the South Bay,” said Ana Ruiz, general manager of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a government agency that owns the land.
“To be able to go out there and experience the redwood forest,” she said, “and walk down the trail and feel the dampness of the air and see the light trickle through the trees; it’s an amazing experience.” One point of controversy: Mountain bikers won’t be allowed on the property until at least 2020 and possibly as late as 2026.