“A short, shaded trail between the Meadowlark Trail and the Woodland Star Trail.
— Kristen Arendt
The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online
. The Bay Laurel Trail is one of seasonal trails and may be closed due to rain. Call 650-329-2423 or check online
The Bay Laurel Trail can be reached by heading into the park from the parking area along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
and the Meadowlark Trail
. As the Meadowlark Trail
goes off to the left, the Bay Laurel Trail continues straight as it descends and narrows to 3-4 feet wide. It transforms from a gravel path into a dirt path. The Ohlone Trail
breaks off to the right as the trail descends into the trees. There are wildflowers on both sides in the shade. On the right side of the trail there is a small creek that provides nourishment to the large trees in this area. When there is a lot of rain, this trail may be closed as the water drains into the creek bed. The trail finally turns to the right where it meets the Woodland Star Trail
Note: A paved road goes to the left near the end of the trail that leads up to a fenced off area that is not accessible to the public.
Turning to the right allows you to follow the Woodland Star Trail
back to the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
in the shade. If you go to the left, the Woodland Star Trail
climbs out of the trees offering great views of the surrounding hills.