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Vista Point Trail

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0.1 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 8' 2 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 727' 222 m
Low: 719' 219 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)

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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

A short, gravel trail that leads to a shade tree with sweeping views.

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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.

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). 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 everyone’s safety.

Description

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.

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Views of the South and East Bay from Vista Point.
Mar 28, 2016 near Ladera, CA
Two mountain bike riders take a break in the shade of the tree as they enjoy the view.
Mar 28, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The small gravel trail leads to a wonderful shade tree where sweeping views of the surrounding hills and area await.
Mar 28, 2016 near Ladera, CA
Looking off toward the Palo Alto Hills.
Mar 28, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The Stanford Dish, Dumbarton Bridge, and San Mateo can be seen in the distance (as well as Felt Lake).
Mar 28, 2016 near Ladera, CA
The Woodrat Trail narrows and becomes dirt as it descends from the Meadowlark Trail.
Apr 5, 2016 near Ladera, CA

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