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Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

#13 of 40 things to do in Palo Alto Features Animals
1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1309
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Easy walk, good facilities

Just a simple walking trail amidst rolling hills and California oak savannah. Kestrel sittings and... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2016
San Francisco, California
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Bring your binoculars!

The Preserve is a wonderful place to hike and watch for birds. The trails are well kept and easy to... read more

Reviewed September 14, 2016
Cynthia F
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1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1309
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Reviewed October 15, 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...More

Thank A S
Reviewed September 14, 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
Reviewed September 13, 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
Reviewed September 5, 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...More

Thank MaxMaxi
Reviewed July 30, 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
Reviewed December 5, 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...More

Thank lcoconut
Reviewed November 21, 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...More

Thank Bleacherdad
Reviewed May 19, 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...More

1  Thank kwong
Reviewed March 22, 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...More

Thank Texans112
Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was visiting Staford with my daughter and found myself with a few hours on my own, so decided to get some fresh air and exercise. The preserve is very easy to find, about 15 minute's drive from the university. The parking lot was full...More

Thank Jill G
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