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“Good trails and wonderful views of the entire Bay Area”

Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
Ranked #14 of 41 things to do in Palo Alto
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

There are higher parks and open spaces, but Arastradero is minutes from the freeway, yet quiet in a few yards from the parking lot. For runners, a terrific place to stretch the legs and build endurance.

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Reviewed 6 September 2016

The Arastradero Preserve offers another great hike in the foothill. It was established many years ago to prevent the land from being developed, and now we can thank the foresight of our city leaders at the time to have established a park that will preserve the natural beauty of the foothills for generations to come. Compared to the closeby Stanford Dish hike this area is less developed (no paved roads) and also less busy with hikers, so it is even more of a nature experience, but you are also not quite as high up so the views are not as good as from the Stanford dish hike.
Also watch out for the Poison Oak plant which grows in this area which can trigger a multi-week painful rash.

Thank MaxMaxi
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

We love hiking here. The preserve has a series of trails which are a combination of open space, as well as some shady areas. Nothing to steep or difficult. Good for those wanting a light challenging hike. Come early for parking.

Thank Roohi R
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Reviewed 6 December 2015

Arastradero is a really nice place to go hiking (or biking) with a lot of different options for length and difficulty. There was so many different trails, its like a pick your own adventure. Dog-friendly as well which is really nice. It's popular with bikers so keep an eye out. Great views at the peaks of most trails.

Thank lcoconut
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Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

One of my favorite runs on the peninsula - dirt trails, both forested and open space, rolling terrain with some steeper options.

I regularly take my dog and he loves it. I occasionally see coyotes, deer, horses, and sometimes wild turkeys.

The parking lot has water and bathrooms. Convenient.

Limited parking in the lot between 8:30 and 10:30 am on weekends. Come early.

Highly recommended.

Thank Bleacherdad
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