El Sereno Open Space Preserve is open daily from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. There is no parking at the end of the trail along Overlook Drive. Parking at the start of the trail is by permit only (the gate is locked) and a permit is required to gain access. Permits can be applied for here: review-midpen-open-space.pa…
Need to Know
There are no services along this trail, so make sure to bring the water and sunscreen that you need for the trip.
Parking along the road on either side of this trail is prohibited as it is all private property.
The Overlook Trail starts from a small, permit only parking lot at the end of Overlook Drive. Follow the instructions from the Mid Penn permit form to get to the parking area otherwise you'll end up on the other side of the preserve where there is no parking for this trail as it is all private property.
The trail departs from the parking area on a double wide dirt and gravel trail that winds gently uphill through the woods. On the left hand side of the trail, views of the South Bay and Silicon Valley appear in openings in the trees. On clear days, you can see for miles.
Right before you get to the high point of the trail, there is a pull out on the left hand side that allows everyone to take a break and for you to enjoy the views on a clear day. The trail continues its climb until the six tenths w a mile mark where things start to descend through the woods for about two tenths of a mile. Then the trail levels off as it approaches the other end of Overlook Drive.
The trail follows the road for a short distance and emerges at a preserve gate near some private residences. From here, you need to turn around and retrace your steps back to your car, as there are no trails or roads connecting this part of the preserve with where you parked your car.
Shared By: David Hitchcock