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Stevens Creek Trail Signage

A New Symbol to Unify Stevens Creek Trail

On October 27, 2021 the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) Board of Directors approved the Stevens Creek Trail designation for three trails within Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. With this approval, Midpen will be the first agency to install the new Stevens Creek Trail (SCT) medallion as the official symbol to identify and unify the trail in Santa Clara County. Developed in collaboration with local public agencies, the medallion is designed to highlight the Trail as it follows the Creek from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Bay. All SCT jurisdictions can add this distinct symbol to their own unique signage along existing or planned trail segments.

Photo of post with Stevens Creek Trail medallion and directional arrow pointing up

Photo of the new 3-inch trail medallion and accompanying directional arrow on an example post.

Complete Trail Now in Focus

Our goal has always been to complete the Stevens Creek Trail from the mountains to the bay, following Stevens Creek as closely as possible. Over the past few years we have expanded our focus from the urban area in the cities of Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and Cupertino to include the upper watershed managed by Santa Clara County Parks (SCCP) and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen).

The October 27th, 2021 Midpen action has several parts. It officially dedicated the approximately 2.7 mile White Oak Trail at the top of the watershed as a primary trail route as part of the Stevens Creek Trail. It also dedicated the approximately 1 mile Stevens Creek Nature trail as an offical Spur Trail and the approximately 0.5 mile Skid Road Trail as an official Regional Connector Trail between SCT and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. These trails will be identified as part of the Stevens Creek Trail on future map publications and Midpen will be installing the new trail medallions and directional arrows at multiple points along these trails. With this dedication, the full extent of the trail is now clearly established, from the Mountains to the Bay, and we are hard at work to connect it all with further dedications and more trail being built.

You can also read about this in Midpen's November Newsletter in the Trail Tales section. You should be able to find these medallions out on parts of the Trail by mid-2022; we will continue to share project updates.

Take a tour

Virtually travel the Trail as of Summer 2021 to see examples of where these new signs will go!

Background of the Friends Signage Project

The trail symbol is part of a larger FoSCT project to develop uniform signage for the Trail that promotes usage, interest and support. A working group of all the Trail jurisdictions, led by FoSCT, guides the effort.

Benefits of signage include:

  • Help users navigate the Trail across all jurisdictions, whether walking at a leisurely pace or cycling quickly past.
  • Enhance the Trail user experience by highlighting trail features and points-of-interest
  • Create a Trail identity to promote the regional network with Bay Area Ridge and San Francisco Bay Trails
  • Raise awareness of the Stevens Creek wildlife corridor and encourage community involvement in its preservation
  • Support Trail completion and enhancement throughout its length
  • Promote pride in this important regional asset

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FAQs

Why is this logo different?

The medallion logo serving to join together the current and future sections of the Stevens Creek Trail is derived from the Friends’ logo since it’s a recognizable and relevant symbol.

The Trail medallion has been optimized for outdoor use through the use of solid, darker coloring to protect against fading and enhance readability as well as maximizing the size of the logo while reducing white space for improved visibility from a range of distances.

The new medallion logo primarily represents the Trail and the Friends are excited to see it mark all available routes in future, now that the various jurisdictions have endorsed its use (August 2021).

Stevens Creek Trail logo medallion Friends of Stevens Creek Trail logo

The new trail logo and the Friends organization logo.


When will the project be completed?

Rough timeline - Midpen expects to complete map updates and sign installation by Summer 2022.

What if I find a damaged or missing medallion?

You can use this form to report damages that need to be fixed - thank you for taking care of our Trail!

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Future plans

We are currently in what we call "Phase 1" of the signage project. This involves getting the current open sections of trail identified with the new trail medallion and providing wayfinding when needed at junctions.

Later phases of our Signage Project may include, for example, adding QR codes that link users to relevant Trail information sites, and creating larger info boards to be placed along the Trail at key locations, as already exist along some segments in Mountain View.

Interested in helping us build a better Trail? Head over to Volunteer or Donate!

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If you have any questions or suggestions about the new signage, contact us.