Pearson-Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto

#5 of 9 in Parks in Palo Alto
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Arastradero Preserve is a beautiful mixture of rolling savanna grassland and broadleaf evergreen forest with trails for hikers, cyclists and horses. It varies in elevation from 275 feet in the northeast to 775 feet in the southwest. Wildlife abounds on the preserve and it is not uncommon to see deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many varieties of birds. Each area of the preserve has something different to offer, whether it is a view of the bay, a quiet walk through the grasslands, or a snooze by the lake.

Some trails are closed seasonally, depending on rainfall. See
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  • A very nice park with plenty of trails. Up or down more or less the whole so limited flat areas. Great for relaxed mountain biking. Parking lot is pretty small so be prepared to wait or park on the...  more »
  • If you like nature it is the best place for you. By bike it's 30 minutes from Stanford University. You can do it even by the city bike :) The place is really wild and beautiful  more »
  • Beautiful park to walk, run or mountain bike. Trails are well kept and vistas abound. Just be aware that the parking is challenging - it is full most weekends but the turnover is relatively consistent.
  • Favorite place for an afternoon hike or trail run. Several nice trails through wooded hillsides. Distances ranging from 0.5 miles to 5ish miles. Generally not to crowded, but parking can be a problem at popular times.

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