River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online
. Some of the trails are seasonal and may be closed due to rain. Call 650-329-2423 or check online
for the status.
The Enid Pearson-Arastradero Preserve trails are either crushed gravel or dirt, making them ideal for running. Most of the gravel trails are wide while most of the dirt trails are narrow (2-3 feet wide). Depending on the weather, some areas might be muddy and turned up due horses and mountain bikers using the trail. It is important to be alert to your surroundings due to the trail being shared with horseback riders and mountain bikers. Hikers and runners are asked to yield to horses for everyoneâ€™s safety.
The Acorn Trail can be reached by running along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
and then taking the Arastradero Creek Trail
for .75 miles until a small, gravel trail climbs to the right. The trail begins as a gravel trail, but quickly transforms into a dirt trail. Climbing through a shaded area, the trail reaches an open, level area where views of the surrounding hills and homes stretch before you on the right of the trail.
Continuing into the shade again, the trail snakes through another set of trees before crossing a small creek bed on a bridge. The trail emerges from the woods and reaches the junction with the Meadowlark Trail
. From here, you can turn to the right and work your way back to your car or you can go straight and follow the Meadowlark Trail
as it makes its way through the preserve.
This is a nice connector between the Arastradero Creek Trail
and the Meadowlark Trail
that creates a loop run. It's one of the many combinations of trails that can be created depending on the amount of time that you have.
Flora & Fauna
Fauna - deer, coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes, turkeys, hawks, turkey vultures, and other varieties of birds can be seen in the area. Mountain lion sightings have been reported in the area, so keep an eye out.
Shared By: David Hitchcock