Arastradero Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 388' 118 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 755' 230 m
Low: 366' 112 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“A trail along Arastradero Creek that climbs to Foothills Park.”— David Hitchcock
The Arastradero Creek Trail is wide and gravel, making it an easy for running. The trail climbs steeply toward the end, making for a good finish to the workout.
Run roughly .65 miles from the parking lot along the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail to Arastradero Lake. Just past the lake, the Arastradero Creek Trail cuts off to the left and passes a utility station that sits on the right hand side of the trail. The trail is about 8-10 foot wide and made of gravel for the majority of its length, providing a great surface for hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and horse back riders. On the left side of the trail, the Arastradero Creek follows the trail for almost its entire length, although it is down in a gully. On the right side of the trail, the hills rise above the trail offering views of wildflowers that bloom in the spring. Deer feed in the fields above the trail early in the morning and at sundown. Rabbits scurry across the trail and hawks soar overhead.
After moving along the trail for roughly .75 miles, the Acorn Trail cuts back to the right and climbs up the hill. The Arastradero Creek Trail continues straight ahead for another .2 miles until the Woodrat Trail departs via a dirt, singletrack trail that goes off into the woods. The trail continues straight ahead as the woods begin to close in on the trail and the Sobey Pond sits on the left hand side of the trail. While most of the views are obscured, you can tell its a larger body of water. As the trail moves through the woods, it begins to climb gently at first and then more steeply as it approaches a curve that goes off to the right. Climbing steeply for approximately .15 miles, the trail reaches the hilltop before dropping down to Gate D at the boundary of Foothills Park. At the hilltop, there is a road that goes off to the right, but that leads to private property which is closed to visitors.
At this point, you can return to your car via the Arastradero Creek Trail or taking one of the connectors to return via one of the other paths that traverse the preserve.
Gate D provides the only access for non-Palo Alto residents to legally enter Foothills Park for hikers or runners. It's closed to mountain bikers and horseback riders.
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Land Manager: City of Palo Alto, CA - Open Space and Preserves