A rainbow is visible from the lookout at the top of the hiking trail.
Photo by Christine Nguyen
The beautiful forests surrounding Montalvo.
Photo by Nathan Zanon
The hiking trails.
Photo by Nathan Zanon
Hiking trails
Photo by Nathan Zanon
Foliage along the hiking trails.
Photo by Nathan Zanon
A young tree growing alongside the hiking trails
Photo by Nathan Zanon
View of the tops of the trees from the hiking trails
Photo by Nathan Zanon
Montalvo's hiking trails
Photo by Ron Leckie
Montalvo's hiking trails
Flowers Blooming on the Hiking Trails
Photo by Nathan Zanon

Poison Oak:

Montalvo consistently works to remove poison oak from the grounds; however there is always a chance of contact. Visitors should be aware of what poison oak looks like to help avoid accidental contact.

What does poison oak look like?

  • Each leaf has 3 small leaflets.
  • It most often grows as a shrub.
  • It may have yellow-white berries.

If contact does occur please follow these procedures:

  • Rinse the skin immediately with lukewarm, soapy water.
  • Wash all clothing and items that may have come in contact with the plant.
  • Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to the area of contact.
  • Avoid scratching.

How to protect yourself from contact with poison oak:

  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, boots and gloves.
  • If you do not have boots, tuck the legs of your pants into your socks.
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Santa Clara County Parks including Montalvo are open during normal daytime hours (9am-5pm).

Please check this page or visit the County Website for updated information about the park status.

Please abide by the social distancing rule of keeping at least 6 feet between yourself and other parties at all times. Face coverings are required for non-strenuous activity. Avoid coming to Montalvo if you if sick or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Social gatherings are not permitted - including picnics - but please do visit Montalvo to walk around the property and hike our beautiful trails.

NOTE: Public restrooms in PARKING LOT 4 are open; all other restrooms are closed.

Please drive slowly through the estate, as we have many visitors walking the grounds including children, the elderly, and deer. Click here to download a PDF map of the property and trails.

Montalvo is nestled in the beautiful foothills above Saratoga with 175 acres of hiking trails and gardens.

You can download a guide to Montalvo with a map of all trails. (PDF Document)

Our public park welcomes thousands of visitors every year to its woodland hiking trails and beautiful grounds. Parking is free. Enjoy a light picnic on the front lawn, read a book under one of many beautiful trees or hike the trails.

The Santa Clara County Parks can be contacted directly by calling 408-356-2729. Visit www.parkhere.org for more information about this and other County Parks.

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