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Palo Alto Travel Guide

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Alpine Pond
Alpine Pond

MROSD docent program manager Renee Fitzsimons and docent Sharon Thomas lead a 0.3-mile-long hike around Alpine Pond. Along the way, they explain where to look for brush rabbits, cormorants, crayfish,...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Stanford Campus Walk
Stanford Campus Walk

Take a walk town Palm Drive as you approach the main Stanford Quad. Visit the Cantor Arts center with its famous collection of Rodin sculptures (the largest collection outside of France), walk...

The Stanford Dish Hike
The Stanford Dish Hike

The Stanford Dish loop is a popular route for Stanford University students as well as Silicon Valley professionals. Its steep paved trail is suitable for running, walking, and hiking. Bicycles are not...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Mountain Biking in Arastradero Preserve
Mountain Biking in Arastradero Preserve

Arastradero park offers a network of good mountain biking trails. This guide suggests a 7 mile route that you can follow which hits most of the trails, with minimum duplication.

The route starts at...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
San Andreas Fault Trail Exploration
San Andreas Fault Trail Exploration

Most Bay Area residents have felt the earth move—quite literally. You probably know that the San Andreas Fault runs nearly the length of the state. But did you know that you can see the fault for...

Russian Ridge, Mindego Hill, Borel Hill
Russian Ridge, Mindego Hill, Borel Hill

Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is easily accessible from Highway 280 in Silicon Valley. Head up the hill on Page Mill, and park your car just past the intersection with Skyline Blvd. From there you...

Skyline Ridge Habitats
Skyline Ridge Habitats

A lively, sound-rich introduction to Skyline Ridge, one of the most beautiful and intriguing preserves in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. The adventure starts at the David C. Daniels...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Epic Bay Area Ridge Trail Hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Epic Bay Area Ridge Trail Hike in the Santa Cruz Mountains

If you've got the legs for 15 miles of ups and downs along the fabulous terrain near California Highway 35, aka Skyline Boulevard, then this hike deserves a spot on your to-do list.

The route passes...

Arastradero Preserve Redtail Loop Trail
Arastradero Preserve Redtail Loop Trail

Arastradero Park offers nice trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. This guide describes the Redtail Loop Trail, which is the only trail on this site of Arastradero Road. The...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Alpine Pond is one of the prettiest places in the string of open-space preserves along Highway 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard.

That's saying something, given the abundant beauty in this stretch...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Alpine Pond (Mandarin Chinese)
Alpine Pond (Mandarin Chinese)

MROSD docent program manager Renee Fitzsimons and docent Sharon Thomas lead a 0.3-mile-long hike around Alpine Pond. Along the way, they explain where to look for brush rabbits, cormorants, crayfish,...

Monte Bello Crossover
Monte Bello Crossover

This hike passes through 4 different Midpenninsula open space preserves. Monte Bello, Skyline Ridge, Russian Ridge, and Coal Creek. Along the way you will get some of the best long range views...

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Spring in the Silicon Valley is an amazing time! The hillsides turn vibrant green and wildflowers sprout up everywhere! Only 20 minutes off Interstate 280, Monte Verde Open Space Preserve is a great...

Horseshoe Lake Circuit
Horseshoe Lake Circuit

One of the top easy hikes in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and perfect for just about anyone, no matter their size or ability. And it's got a lake, which always adds to the pleasure of a hike. The trail...

Alpine Pond (Spanish)
Alpine Pond (Spanish)

MROSD docent program manager Renee Fitzsimons and docent Sharon Thomas lead a 0.3-mile-long hike around Alpine Pond. Along the way, they explain where to look for brush rabbits, cormorants, crayfish,...

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