Stanford Dish


What? :

An easy walk at Stanford Dish Park in Palo Alto.

The park paved trail moderately climb Palo Alto rolling hills with their open grassland landscape. The loop trail passing near a large Radio Antenna and provide nice view of the south bay area.


Where? :

Located in Palo Alto, south of Stanford university bordering the 280 highway.

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When? : Year round


Due note 1: This is a very popular area for running and walking so expect to see here many other visitors, especially during weekends.


Due note 2: During weekends the parking near the entrances can be full, and you will need to look for available parking spots nearby.


Due note 3: The private park is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year.


Due note 4: No dogs or bicycles are allowed in the park.


Due note 5: There is one portable restroom location at Stanford Ave. main gate entrance.


My thoughts:

This is a popular local park and walking here is relatively easy walk on a paved trail.

I visit here only once and consider this park as more of a place to run/walk and not so much as real “nature” park. The open hill landscape is fun to visit but this is more like city nature paved trail hike and less as a “real” park.



The visit:

In the hart of the park on top of the hill there is a large Radio Antenna Dish.

The 150-foot-diameter dish was built in 1961 by the Stanford Research Institute and it is still active today.


The park has few regulated gates:

Stanford Gate (the park main park gate), Frenchman's Gate and Gerona Gate are all located along Junipero Serra Blvd.

The main car parking lot is near Stanford Gat

There is another park entrance, Alpine Gate on Piers Lane.


In the park there is a 3.5-mile recreational paved loop trail and you can do it any direction you want.


The trail climb the hills moderately all the way to the largest antenna dish and you can enjoy the open grassland and the view down to Palo Alto and the south bay area below and the Santa Cruz Mountain range to the southwest.






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