ElevationAscent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -145' -44 m
High: 723' 220 m
Low: 358' 109 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)
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“There are great views all along this trail that cuts through the preserve.”— David Hitchcock
Continuing for another half mile, the trail hugs the contour of the surrounding hills as it makes its way toward the Woodrat Trail. If you take a moment and look behind you, views of the South Bay and the preserve stretch out before you. Wildflowers are seen on both sides of the trail through this area. Shortly after passing the Woodrat Trail junction, which goes off to the left, a small dirt track leads out to Vista Point where a giant shade tree offers a place to rest and enjoy the best views in the preserve. Meadowlark Trail continues straight and passes the Bowl Loop trails that go off to the left and provide great trails for mountain bikers. At this point, the Meadowlark Trail begins to drop back down as it moves to the right. As it gently descends to 2.0 miles, the trail intersects with the Woodland Star Trail that comes in from the right. There is a large shade tree and a bench here for you to take a rest and enjoy a snack.
From this point, the trail continues for another .1 of a mile where it ends at Gate C. You can turn around and enjoy any of the trails that you have passed up to this point. The Woodland Star Trail and the Bay Laurel Trail can be used as a shortcut to get back to the Meadowlark Trail close to the Acorn Trail.
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Land Manager: City of Palo Alto, CA - Open Space and Preserves