Harwood Farms horse boarding is right in Los Gatos and conveniently close to trails – and home!
It would be easy to miss this cool horse ranch unless you were walking past it while trekking up the hill to the Ridge Trail entrance. This beautiful setting is surrounded by luxury homes on Alerche, Harwood Court, Harwood Lane, and Crider Court.
It’s almost out of place as a bit of rural California in an otherwise residential neighborhood. One hint that it’s a head is the “horse” sign on Harwood near Bacigalupi. Another is the large parcels with split rail fences in front, suggesting the presence of horses not so long ago. In fact, there were some horses downhill of Harwood Farms when we moved into the neighborhood in 1999.
While south county has many equestrian centers, Harwood Farms horse boarding is one of just a few in east Los Gatos. If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth checking out!
Where is the Harwood Farms horse boarding?
Harwood Farms horse boarding is located at the corner of Harwood Road and Alerche Road in Los Gatos. (Alerche is a loop road, and this stable is at the upper one, further from Blossom Hill Road.)
This location is excellent for accessing the trails fanning out of Belgatos Park, which in turn lead to a network of equestrian-friendly trails: Heintz, Shannon Valley open space, and Santa Rosa open space.
Equestrian land in a residential setting with many nearby trails
It stands adjacent to the Belwood of Los Gatos, Alerche, and Harwood Hills areas in east Los Gatos at a ridge in the foothills.
The site enjoys pleasant views. It’s a low-traffic area and an enjoyable place to visit.
We do not have any direct, recent experience with Harwood Farms horse boarding, however a couple of decades ago, and under the previous ownership, my daughter Clair enjoyed horseback riding lessons there. She would walk up the hill from our Belwood home once a week, and occasionally she and the teacher would ride by the home to waive “Hi” on horseback. Needless to say, it has a very fond place in my heart from that experience.
The current owners, who live nearby, purchased the property in 2018. It’s a large parcel of land, nearly 2.2 acres (2.19), and we’ve been delighted to see that it remains equestrian land today.
Ziggy Trenkler, Barn Manager
Phone: (408) 807-9161
16494 Harwood Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Here’s a photograph that I took in 2007 of the valley view one winter morning that showcases the horse ranch in the foreground – such a pretty setting!