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Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

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Address: 1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1309
08:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:30

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Gorgeous Scenic Walk

Beautiful walk / easy hike. Very scenic, lots of hilly landscapes (not a walk through a forest). Parking is limited, so get there early!

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Forth, United Kingdom
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Forth, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful walk / easy hike. Very scenic, lots of hilly landscapes (not a walk through a forest). Parking is limited, so get there early!

Thank TravelsThere753
San Francisco, California
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39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Just a simple walking trail amidst rolling hills and California oak savannah. Kestrel sittings and handsome scenery - walk was over fairly quickly. Not at all strenuous but an enjoyable place to walk and facilities and interpretive displays well done. Clean bathrooms and good drinking water resources.

Thank A S
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The Preserve is a wonderful place to hike and watch for birds. The trails are well kept and easy to follow and are used by mountain bikers and walkers. The parking lot can fill up on the weekend so it's good to get there early.

Thank Cynthia F
Portola Valley, California
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

Thank Mike R
San Francisco, CA
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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... More 

Thank MaxMaxi
San Francisco, California
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75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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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
Vail, Colorado
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68 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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... More 

Thank Bleacherdad
San Francisco, CA
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 19 May 2015

Loved the fact that you can enter from close to the Alpine Village and quickly find yourself in a lovely forested area and come out to and expansive meadow. Great 6 miles loop to a large pond and back. And the trails have just the right amount of sand and dirt so it's not hazardous. And the views and immersion... More 

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The Woodlands
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79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2015

So worth the short drive out here for wide open spaces and beautiful views! There was a nice unmanned center with information and excellent bathroom facilities at the parking area. Be sure to grab a map because there are so many different trails! They had a nice recommendation for one of the more longer hikes that had a nice variety... More 

Thank Texans112

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