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Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve

Area

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  • Size

    293.35 acres

Description

    The 308-acre Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve, named after the Picchetti family, who emigrated from Italy in the 1870s, features a brick winery building and farm complex adjacent to a system of beautiful trails. The Picchetti Winery, which was started in the 1880s, is one of the oldest surviving wineries in California.

    At this preserve, forested canyons of madrone, coast live oak and California bay provide shade on a warm day. On a clear day, the Sierra Azul range, crowned by Mount Umunhum, is visible to the south through a break in the trees. The Zinfandel Trail ducks into the forest, crossing seasonal creeks and connecting with Stevens Creek County Park, managed by Santa Clara County.

    Allowed Activities
    Hiking
    Horseback Riding
    Geocaching
    Good For
    Families
    Wheelchairs
    Rules & Regulation
    No Biking
    No Dogs
    No Illegal Substances
    No E Bikes

    Additional Information

    Accessibility Description

    Explore the historic winery complex, which has a nice picnic area and wheelchair lift into the winery. Trails outside the winery complex are not improved for easy access.

    Visit the Easy Access Opportunities page for additional information.

    Regulations

    • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
    • Dogs: Dogs are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on dog-friendly preserves visit the Dog Access page. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access.
    • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
    • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on designated trails in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For more information visit the Equestrian Access page.
    • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
    • Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
    • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
    • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.
    • Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves.
    • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution.
    • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.