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Massive new open space preserve opens to Bay Area public on Friday

More than 6,000 acres will be yours to roam as of December 1. offers a tease of what we can look forward to following the opening of Lower La Honda Creek:

“Explore the rolling grassland ridges of this working cattle ranch. As the wind whistles past, look overhead - raptors can usually be seen soaring on the updrafts above. A variety of wildlife make their homes here, including coyotes, deer, and bobcats.”

A Mercury News article sums up a bit of the location’s history:

"For the past 175 years, it’s been a Mexican land grant, a dairy farm, a hideout for members of Jesse James’ outlaw gang, an oil field, a redwood logging mill, a cattle ranch and a retreat for heirs to the Weyerhaeuser lumber and Folgers coffee fortunes."

Care to check it out? Punch “900 Sears Ranch Road, La Honda, CA 94020” into your favorite map app. Just be sure to put down the phone once you get there and enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer!

Here’s a look at what nearby areas offer: