“A shaded trail along a creek bed before rising to a hill with beautiful views.”
— David Hitchcock
The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online
. The first half of the trail is open year round while the last half is seasonal and might be closed if it has been raining. Call 650-329-2423 or check
Features: Birding — Wildflowers — Wildlife
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 everyone’s safety.
Take the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
until it breaks off to the right and follows the Arastradero Road. The Woodland Star Trail breaks off to the left and begins to climb at a gentle rate. Following a dry creek bed, unless it's been raining, the trail crosses over a culvert and continues until it reaches the intersections with the Bay Laurel Trail
. The trail breaks off to the right and begins to climb out of the forest.
Wildflowers can be seen in the early spring on either side of the trail. The trail takes a couple of switchbacks before emerging on a ridge that that offers great views of the forests and surrounding areas. Birds can be seen flying around the area before the trail meets up with the Meadowlark Trail
under a big shade tree where a bench provides an opportunity to rest and take in the view.
Once you have taken a break and possibly had a snack, you can turn back and retrace your steps. Another option is to take the Meadowlark Trail
and explore other areas of the park.
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.