Hi everyone – two important Trail news items to report: the good Trail Detour is back, and Habitat Restoration work can use some help.

  • The Hotel Bypass Trail between El Camino Real and the Yuba Drive trailhead has reopened, effective November 13, 2017. This eliminates the difficult sidewalk and street detour required by the recent urgent creek bank reinforcement work undertaken by the Santa Clara County Water District to prevent even further trail, creek bank, and other related environmental damage.
    • Please use caution there! The newly re-opened section is a detour created by the City of Mountain View in cooperation with Extended Stay America, and requires extra care and courtesy because it is more twisty and narrow than the rest of the trail. Permanent repairs to the creek bank and Stevens Creek Trail are scheduled for summer 2018. See www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/parks/default.asp for more information.


  • Habitat Restoration – help us remove invasive plants, care for native species, and enhance the local ecosystem in Cupertino. The Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and Grassroots Ecology have teamed up to restore wildlife habitat along Stevens Creek and the Trail at McClellan Ranch. This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to do a bit of wildlife watching and learn about our local native habitat. Kids under 12 welcome with parents. Join us to plant native plants, remove invasive plants, and install sheet mulch. Sessions are the first Saturday each month at 9am. The next one is 12/2/2017 and continuing through 5/5/2018. More information and sign-up is at


Aaron Grossman, Executive Director
Friends of Stevens Creek Trail