Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online
. There are several seasonal trails that may be closed due to rain. Call 650-329-2423 or check online
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 aware of 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 Bowl Loop is a singletrack dirt trail that drops steeply on either end of the trail. It's popular with mountain bikers, so you'll have company on the trail.
The trailhead for Bowl Loop is on the Meadowlark Trail
at the far end of the preserve. It's a popular loop for mountain bikers because it has a couple of steep hills that rise and fall before the trail returns to the Meadowlark Trail
. The trail is a narrow, dirt track that drops immediately downhill before it climbs immediately up an adjoining hill. It turns to the right and follows the boundary of the park before breaking to the right and dropping back downhill. The descent is steeper this time. The trail bottoms out, and then climbs back up to the Meadowlark Trail
There are great views of the South and East Bay from close to the park boundary as it is above the other trails in the area.
Flora & 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