The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online
. Vista Point
and some of the trails are seasonal and 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 Vista Point Trail is located off the Meadowlark Trail
at the far end of the preserve. Even though it is one of the shortest trails in the preserve, it offers some of the most sweeping views.
In order to get to the trail, you'll have to cover 1.5 miles on the Meadowlark Trail
until a narrow, gravel trail breaks off to the right. The trail dips slightly as it passes a picnic table before climbing gently to the top of a hill where a giant shade tree sits at the end of the trail.
There is a bench under the tree that provides a great place to rest and take in the views. From here, you get the best 360-degree view in the park. You can see the homes that sit just outside the park, a reminder of what the preserve would have become had it not been protected. The South Bay sits off to the right while the Stanford Dish, Dumbarton Bridge, and San Mateo sit in front of you. After resting in the shade of the tree and enjoying the view, return to the Meadowlark Trail
to continue your adventure.
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