Pearson-Arastradero Preserve


Where? : The park is located at Arastradero Rd., Palo Alto Hills, 5 min drive from the 280 highway.

What?The park has few relatively short nice trails for hiking and biking over the rolling hills. This is very popular place, especially at weekends. 

Deu note: Trails are relatively not steep or difficult and partly shaded.

Finding parking spot at weekends can be difficult (small parking lot), you can park on the road side before the parking lot, park only where you do not see "do not park" signs.

The Visit:

The main trail starts at the parking lot, cross the road to the other side and get into the main park trail.

After a half a mile on the main trail into the park you will reach the small pond. From this point you can continue all the way to Arastradero Preserve Loop Vista Point or take a short loop hike back to the car park.

You can also hike at the open hills at side of the parking lot.

My Thoughts: I like this park, the right combination of open space and forest, animals and birds.
The park has relatively short hikes so can do this as afternoon getaway. Good option for nearby mountain bike ride that does not have a lot of uphill climbs.