Want to get away for a scenic hike but not drive hours for some time in nature? The Fremont Older Open Space Preserve may be just the ticket.
Located in Cupertino but stretching into Saratoga, this enormous preserve, which is managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, includes nearly 15 miles of trails within 739 acres of open space. The parking lot is a little small, so best to carpool if meeting friends there, and easiest if you arrive early on weekends.
The preserve includes many scenic vistas of the rolling hills, the coastal range, and the valley below.
In spring, especially, you may be able to catch a stream or small waterfall.
Although I have not made it to the top of Hunter’s Peak, the view is supposed to be spectacular.
More: there are trail maps available at this preserve, but here’s a scan of one if you’d like a preview (click on link, it’s a PDF file).