A beginner’s guide to hiking locations near campus – The Stanford Daily

The Bay Area boasts a variety of trails that are sure to satisfy seasoned hikers and beginners alike. Ranging from Portola Valley to Woodside, here are five hikes near Stanford that will immerse you in the outdoors, and hopefully, get you out of the Dish for a while.

Foothills Nature Preserve (trail map)

Location: 11799 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94022

Distance from Stanford: 6.3 miles (13 min. drive)

Hours: 30 mins before sunrise — 30 mins after sunset

No bikes allowed, no dogs on weekends/holidays.

There is a $6 entrance fee per vehicle.

Foothills Nature Preserve is a beautiful, forested park that features open grasslands at the highest points of the hike. The single trail leads to a hilltop with a panoramic view of the Bay Area. The preserve also contains a small lake near the parking lot.

Shade: 3/5

Baylands Nature Preserve (trail map)

Location: 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Distance from Stanford: 3.8 miles (11 min. drive)

Hours: 8:00 AM – Sunset

Bikes and dogs allowed.

The Baylands Nature Preserve boasts over 15 miles of multi-use trails and ​​1,940 acres of undisturbed marshland. It’s also the only fully-paved park on this list, so it’s great for biking. 

Baylands is also an amazing bird-watching location. According to its website, the preserve has a “substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.”

There is almost no shade at all, so I recommend visiting during early mornings and evenings. It’s also frequently windy, so remember to bring a jacket.

Shade: 1/5

Pearson Arastradero Preserve (trail map)

Location: 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Distance from Stanford: 4.6 miles (9 min. drive)

Hours: 8:00 AM – Sunset

Bikes and dogs allowed.

The Pearson Arastradero Preserve is an open, …….

Source: https://www.stanforddaily.com/2021/10/07/a-beginners-guide-to-hiking-locations-near-campus/

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