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Coyote Trail

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A trail through the Oak forests of Foothills Park.


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1.0

Miles

1.7

KM

89%

Runnable

797' 243 m

High

631' 192 m

Low

223' 68 m

Up

96' 29 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

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Foothills Park is open to Palo Alto residents from 8 am to sunset everyday. If you are not a resident, you can accompany a resident for the day. If you are on foot, you can access the park via the Arastradero Creek Trail if you are following the Bay to Ridge Trail.

Description

The Coyote Trail is located in Foothills Park. If you are a resident of Palo Alto, you can park in the Oak Grove picnic area parking lot. If you access the park via the Arastradero Creek Trail, the trail enters the park in the middle of the Coyote Trail, so you can run to either end easily.

If leaving the Oak Grove picnic area parking lot, the trail climbs up the hill away from the road as it follows a series of curves up the hillside. The the trail is shaded at this point, making it a pleasant run even in the middle of the day. Around 0.3 miles, a trail cuts back uphill toward Madera Point (it's roughly 0.1 miles).

The Coyote Trail continues to climb to one of its high points at 0.5 miles. From here, the trail descends into a field where it approaches a road. Here, the Arastradero Creek Trail breaks off to the left and enters the Arastradero Preserve.

The Coyote Trail continues as a singletrack dirt trail that climbs up the hillside and re-enters the woods. The trail dips briefly before leveling out as it winds along the hillside. Ferns, mushroom, and other plants that flourish in shaded, damp areas can be found in this section. The trail finally meets up with the Panorama Trail, which you can follow or make your way back to your car via the track you followed.

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Shared By:

David Hitchcock with improvements by Deborah B

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At the top of the hill, the trail drops back down to the boundary of Foothills Park.
Apr 12, 2016 near Ladera, CA
While a steep climb for those on foot and mountain bikers, it makes for a great descent on the way back down the hill. Mountain bikers enjoy this trail.
Apr 12, 2016 near Ladera, CA

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