Alambique Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 343' 105 m
Descent: -341' -104 m
High: 816' 249 m
Low: 486' 148 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“The Alambique Trail and the Loop Trail combine to form an easy hike that is great for a family outing.”— David Hitchcock
There are not too many views along this trail, but the shade makes it a nice hike, even in the middle of the day. At the intersection with the Alambique Trail, take a left and descend more steeply back down to the stables.
Families frequent these trails in the evening as they make an easy loop. It's just long enough to get your heart rate up, but not so far that you need to bring extra water or food. It can be completed in about an hour, even if slowed by children.
As you approach the end of the trail, horses housed on the estate can be seen below the trail. The trail returns to the parking lots, where picnic tables and restrooms welcome you back to the beginning of the hike.
December - February: 5:00 P.M.
March: 6:00 P.M. (before Daylight Savings Time starts)
March: 7:00 P.M. (after Daylight Savings Time starts)
April - August: 8:00 P.M.
September: 8:00 P.M. (through Labor Day)
September: 7:00 P.M. (beginning the day after Labor Day)
October: 7:00 P.M. (first week[s] of October)
October: 6:00 P.M. (last three weeks of October)
November: 6:00 P.M. (before Daylight Saving Time ends)
November: 5:00 P.M. (after Daylight Saving Time ends)
At roughly 0.3 miles, the trail bisects the Bear Gulch Trail (an alternative way of accessing the trail) and enters into an area of ferns and second growth redwoods. As you continue, the redwoods fade and eucalyptus trees become more predominant as the woods open up a little bit and you get glimpses of Stanford off to the left. You can see the Dish and the Hoover Tower at various points along the trail as it gradually ascends the hillside.
At roughly 0.9 miles, the trail begins to run parallel to the Alambique Trail until the two eventually intersect. Take a left and begin your descent down the Alambique Trail. The trail descends more steeply now as the trail makes its way back to the parking lot. You might catch a glimpse of the South Bay, but most of the trail is is shaded by the forest around you. At roughly 1.8 miles, you arrive back at the stables and the parking lot.
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Land Manager: San Mateo County Department of Parks