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A trail that runs through the heart of the preserve, connecting to many of the other trails.

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463' 141 m


278' 85 m


188' 57 m


73' 22 m



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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The preserve is open from 8am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online. Call 650-329-2423 or check online for the status of these trails.

Runner Notes

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). 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 everyone’s safety.


The Juan Bautista de Anza Trail departs from Arastradero Road and crosses over a bridge that spans the creek bed. The trail is a wide gravel path at this point and follows along the creek bed. At roughly .1 miles, the trail meets with the access trail that comes from the parking lot through Gate A. It continues to the left for roughly .3 miles until the trail climbs a switchback and intersects with the Meadowlark Trail. Wildflowers can be seen in the spring along the trail at this point. The trail continues for another .2 miles until it reaches the Arastradero Lake, which sits on the left hand side. There is a small trail that goes off to the left that circles part way around the lake. A little further along, the Arastradero Creek Trail goes off to the left.

The trail climbs up a hill before coming to the intersection with the Meadowlark Trail. You can return to your car if you go to the right or explore the preserve if you go to the left. The Juan Bautista de Anza Trail continues straight ahead as it passes the Bonus Hill Trail on the right and then passes the Ohlone Trail on the left. The trail passes Gate B before breaking off to the right and following the Arastradero Road as the trail descends to the junction with the Woodland Star Trail. The trail goes off to right as the trail becomes a narrow, dirt track and moves through the woods for roughly .25 mile until it reaches the edge of the preserve and a small parking lot. At this point, you can turn around and retrace your steps or take one of the many trails that intersect with the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail to explore more of the preserve.

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.


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David Hitchcock

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The trail breaks off to the right and narrows to a dirt track as it makes its way into the woods. The trail drops into the woods and exits close to Caballo Lane.
Apr 8, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The trail winds up the hill after passing the Arastradero Lake.
Apr 8, 2016 near Los Alt…, CA
Views of the hills and trees from the trail.
Apr 8, 2016 near Los Alt…, CA
A view from the top of Bonus Hill Trail.
Mar 27, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The dirt trail on the back side of Bonus Hill Trail, a favorite for mountain bikers to descend.
Mar 27, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The Meadowlark Trail as it departs from the trail. It's a dirt track that is popular with mountain bikers.
Apr 8, 2016 near Ladera, CA



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