Vista Point Trail
ElevationAscent: 8' 2 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 727' 222 m
Low: 719' 219 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“A short, gravel trail that leads to a shade tree with sweeping views.”— David Hitchcock
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.
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Land Manager: City of Palo Alto, CA - Open Space and Preserves