La Honda Open Space Preserve is open from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset. In addition, to access the upper area of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, you need an permit to access the parking area on Allen Road. Parking along Allen Road is not permitted. You can apply for the permit (which has the combination for the gate on the road) at openspace.org/visit-a-prese…
Need to Know
There are no services along this trail, so make sure you bring water and a snack if needed.
The trail is a wide dirt trail that is relatively free of obstacles, so it makes for a nice trail to run.
The Cielo Trail starts at the parking lot on Allen Road. The trail is opposite the parking area and enters the woods via a double wide dirt trail. The trail winds the through the woods underneath the shade of the trees. At roughly half a mile, a connector trail breaks off to the right and works its way back to the parking lot via a small trail and road that passes a private residence.
The trail continues straight ahead, and then after another tenth of a mile, a trail breaks off to the right again that leads down to a giant redwood tree. The trail continues to a junction, where there is a gate off to the right at the preserve boundary. The Cielo Trail drops to the left and descends down to the park boundary. Once you reach the end of the trail, you can retrace your steps back to the trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
Deer can be seen in the morning or evening. There are a variety of birds in the forest around you. Various ferns and moss can be seen lining the trails. There are some redwood trees in the area as well.
Shared By: David Hitchcock