Belgatos Park is a very scenic 17 acre park located off of Blossom Hill Rd. at the end of Belgatos Road and is on the edge of the Belwood and Belgatos subdivisions. It’s at the eastern edge of the town of Los Gatos.
Featuring 2+ miles of trails (for hikers, cyclists and equestrians), a playground, recently remodeled restrooms, picnic tables, expansive lawn areas, accessible creeks for studying tadpoles and small fish and offering spectacular scenery and views, Belgatos Park is a wonderful place to spend time!
Belgatos Park also connects to the Heinz Open Space Preserve (behind the newer Summerhill Development, Heritage Grove, off Blossom Hill Road just to the west of the Belgatos area) and also to the Santa Rosa Open Space area (at the top of the hill – you can also get close to there by driving to the top of Harwood Road). From there you can go further into the Shannon Valley Ranch trail – so your hiking, mountain biking, or horse back riding which begins at Belgatos Park can be quite extensive.
Important points about Belgatos Park:
*Open at 8:00 am every day
*Closed 30 minutes past sunset every day
*Alcohol with meals only (and not allowed on trails)
*Pets must stay on (6′ maximum) leash
*Fire danger is very real in this area, so please do not smoke, use matches, or otherwise light any kind of a fire.
*Be aware of wildlife issues, from poison oak to bobcats, cougars, coyotes, deer, wild boar, rattlesnakes and black widow spiders. (Wild boar have been spotted about a mile from this park in Almaden along the Guadalupe Creek, so no doubt are in these hills, too.) The park has a large message board at the parking lot with information on all of these. Please read it and pay attention.
Park Ranger Contact Info
Sometimes you may need to call the Los Gatos Park Ranger. We’ve had to when either finding the side gate to the park (at the Bacigalupi Connector) locked mid-day or when we’ve found a deer carcass that needs removing. Unfortunately, the sign with the phone number at the Bacigalupi gate is missing the last digit of the phone number. Here it is, in case you need to call the Parks and Public Works office for help with Belgatos Park:
tel 408 399-5770
For more information, see the Town’s page for this park:
http://www.losgatosca.gov/index.asp?NID=900 You will find trail maps, a map of the location, and more information!
Photographs by Mary Pope-Handy, Belwood Los Gatos resident. Please do not use without permission.
Ever wonder what the Bacigalupi Connector is? I did. It’s the trail from the side gate on Bacigalupi Drive that connects to the parking lot, running at the base of “Cardboard Hill”, as local kids call it.
Below, please find a map of the many trails that connect behind Belgatos Park