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Gems in Palo Alto - 2

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gem Favorite Sunset view from Vista Hill

Vista Hill

(1) Los Alt…, CA
gem Favorite The very top! You can see all the way from San Francisco to San Jose.

View of San Francisco Bay

(1) Ladera, CA

Recommended Routes in Palo Alto - 7

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Favorite The Anniversary Trail makes its way up Windy Hill.
Intermediate/Difficult

Hamms Gulch-Spring Ridge Trail Loop

7.7 mi 12.3 km 1,440' Up 438.85 m Up 1,439' Down 438.59 m Down

Portola…, CA
Favorite Open meadow at the top of the first climb.
Intermediate

Los Trancos Loop

7.2 mi 11.5 km 1,545' Up 470.96 m Up 1,541' Down 469.74 m Down

Ladera, CA
Favorite Bear Gulch Trail in early May
Intermediate

Wunderlich Loop

10.3 mi 16.5 km 1,875' Up 571.49 m Up 1,874' Down 571.1 m Down

Woodside, CA
Favorite Red-tailed hawk
Intermediate

Arastradero Preserve Loop

5.3 mi 8.6 km 626' Up 190.85 m Up 618' Down 188.28 m Down

Ladera, CA
Favorite Old stone barn
Intermediate

Alambique Loop Trail

1.8 mi 2.9 km 343' Up 104.68 m Up 341' Down 104.07 m Down

Woodside, CA
Favorite Stanford Dish
Easy/Intermediate

Stanford Dish: Ranch Road via Piers Gate

2.3 mi 3.7 km 295' Up 89.99 m Up 295' Down 89.92 m Down

Ladera, CA
Favorite The trees that line the hills make for great photo opportunities in the preserve. The trail winds through the preserve at the base of a majority of the hills.
Easy/Intermediate

Arastradero Short Loop

3.4 mi 5.5 km 421' Up 128.26 m Up 417' Down 127.03 m Down

Ladera, CA

Palo Alto Hiking

  • 226 Miles 363 Kilometers of Trail
  • 11 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 38 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 34 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Palo Alto - 64

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2.1 mi 3.4 km #1Dean Trail
Intermediate
Emerald Lake Hills, CA
Intermediate
Emerald Lake Hills, CA
8.2 mi 13.1 km #2Los Trancos Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Ladera, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Ladera, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #3Razorback Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Portola Valley, CA
Intermediate
Portola Valley, CA
3.6 mi 5.8 km #4Stanford Dish Loop
Intermediate
Stanford, CA
Intermediate
Stanford, CA 16 
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Anniversary Trail
Easy
Portola Valley, CA
Easy
Portola Valley, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #6Chinquapin Trail
Intermediate
Woodside, CA
Intermediate
Woodside, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #7Arastradero Creek Trail
Intermediate
Los Altos Hills, CA
Intermediate
Los Altos Hills, CA
2.7 mi 4.4 km #8Hamms Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Portola Valley, CA
Intermediate
Portola Valley, CA
1.5 mi 2.3 km #9Franciscan Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Los Altos Hills, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Los Altos Hills, CA
2.4 mi 3.8 km #10Bear Gulch Trail
Intermediate
Woodside, CA
Intermediate
Woodside, CA

Photos of Palo Alto - 332

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Sunset view from Vista Hill
Dec 29, 2020 near Los Alt…, CA
Open meadow at the top of the first climb.
Dec 29, 2020 near Ladera, CA
View from Redtail Loop Trail
Apr 22, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Red-tailed hawk
Apr 22, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Stanford Dish from Redtail Loop Trail
Apr 22, 2015 near Ladera, CA
Bear Gulch Trail in early May
May 7, 2021 near Woodside, CA
Numbered Post #2 - Views
Jun 4, 2021 near La Honda, CA
Boronda Lake - Foothills Park
Jan 26, 2021 near Ladera, CA