Best Trails Near Palo Alto CA

Palo Alto has 36 trails in the vicinity, including 20 hiking trails and 10 for mountain biking. These trails range from 0.26 to 49 miles in length. The longest trail in Palo Alto is Palo Alto and San Francisco by Train a well-known trail measuring 49 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Portola Valley Loop, Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and Russian Ridge Mountain Bike. Trails.com member Raman A. recently completed Matadero Creek Pedestrian Trail.

More information on the best trails in Palo Alto can be found below.
  • Portola Valley Loop

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Mention that you are riding “The Loop ”to a cyclist in Palo Alto and you are likely to get an immediate response of understanding. Easily the most popular bike ride in the area, the route is ...
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Mention that you are riding “The Loop ”to a cyclist in Palo Alto and you are likely to get an immediate response of understanding. ...

  • Skyline Ridge Loop

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    This scenic ride connects four open-space preserves along Skyline Boulevard between San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The ride offers sweeping singletrack through grassy ridgetops and oak woodlands. ...
    •  2 - 2.5 hours
    •  12.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This scenic ride connects four open-space preserves along Skyline Boulevard between San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The ...

  • Matadero Creek Pedestrian Trail

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Matadero Creek Pedestrian Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Alto, California. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 160 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total ...
    •  1.9 miles

    Matadero Creek Pedestrian Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Alto, California. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at ...

  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve: A Loop Around the Flood-Control Basin

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    A trip around Palo Alto’s flood control basin takes you to the bracing breezes at the Bay’s edge and birdwatching along Charleston Slough.
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A trip around Palo Alto’s flood control basin takes you to the bracing breezes at the Bay’s edge and birdwatching along Charleston ...

  • Stanford Dish

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Long a favorite escape for students and faculty of nearby Stanford University, this paved loop features great views and its namesake radio telescope. An urban hike with stunning views, the Dish ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  3.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Long a favorite escape for students and faculty of nearby Stanford University, this paved loop features great views and its ...

  • Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Skyline Ridge Open Space and the Upper part of Monte Bello Open Space form the area covered by this ride. Located high in the mountains above Palo Alto, these preserves are just a portion of ...
    •  2 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Skyline Ridge Open Space and the Upper part of Monte Bello Open Space form the area covered by this ride. Located high in ...

  • Palo Alto and San Francisco by Train

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    A great way to experience nearly the entire Bay Area by bike is to utilize Caltrain to take you from Palo Alto into San Francisco and then to ride back. The train line ends in the city very near ...
    •  49 miles
    •  Guide

    A great way to experience nearly the entire Bay Area by bike is to utilize Caltrain to take you from Palo Alto into San Francisco ...

  • Enid Pearson Arastradero Preserve Trails

    1 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    For a glimpse of the rolling grasslands and magnificent oaks of foothill ranch- lands, visit this city of Palo Alto preserve. In the spring of 2004 Enid Pearson’s name was added to this preserve ...
    •  .75 to 2.25 hours
    •  9.37 miles
    •  Guide

    For a glimpse of the rolling grasslands and magnificent oaks of foothill ranch- lands, visit this city of Palo Alto preserve. ...

  • Castle Rock State Park Waterfalls

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Expect to encounter rock climbers here. Castle Rock State Park is full of steep surfaces just begging to have someone climb up or rappel down, and plenty of people from San Francisco and the ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Expect to encounter rock climbers here. Castle Rock State Park is full of steep surfaces just begging to have someone climb ...

  • Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    With a 2,800-foot elevation, Black Mountain boasts outstanding 360-degree views. If you want to look down at the Santa Clara Valley, you got it. Prefer views of the forested Santa Cruz Mountains? ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    With a 2,800-foot elevation, Black Mountain boasts outstanding 360-degree views. If you want to look down at the Santa Clara ...

  • Stevens Creek Nature Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    The Stevens Creek Nature Trail explores a section of the San Andreas Fault region high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the Silicon Valley. The changes in terrain are impressive, as the trail ...
    •  Day Hike
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    The Stevens Creek Nature Trail explores a section of the San Andreas Fault region high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above ...

  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve: Duck Pond Trail

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Give your children a few scraps of dry bread, and the waterfowl in the Duck Pond will provide an exciting adventure, which you can follow with a walk around the pond’s perimeter to a picnic area ...
    •  .5 hours
    •  0.75 miles
    •  Guide

    Give your children a few scraps of dry bread, and the waterfowl in the Duck Pond will provide an exciting adventure, which ...

  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve: Walk to San Francisquito Creek

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    A bird-watching trip takes you along the lagoon and around the airport to San Francisquito Creek on the San Francisco Bay Trail, then on a loop around the golf course.
    •  2 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    A bird-watching trip takes you along the lagoon and around the airport to San Francisquito Creek on the San Francisco Bay ...

  • Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve: Boardwalk to Bay View

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    A short exploration of the Baylands takes you on the boardwalk to an observation platform on the edge of the Bay.
    •  1 hour
    •  0.26 miles
    •  Guide

    A short exploration of the Baylands takes you on the boardwalk to an observation platform on the edge of the Bay.

  • The Arastradero/Foothill Expressway Hub, Foothills Open Space Preserve, Town of Los Altos Hills

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    The 15 miles of trail through the woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral-covered hills of this park are restricted to residents of the city of Palo Alto and their accompanied guests. The park, ...
    •  .75 to 1.75 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    The 15 miles of trail through the woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral-covered hills of this park are restricted to residents ...

  • Arastradero Preserve

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Views of San Francisco Bay peak over the grassy hillsides and through the oak woodlands. A network of multiuse trails offers beginner and intermediate riders a taste of mountain biking without ...
    •  Until you have had enough
    •  Guide

    Views of San Francisco Bay peak over the grassy hillsides and through the oak woodlands. A network of multiuse trails offers ...

  • Bol Park Bike Path

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Bol Park Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Alto, California. It is a mile long and begins at 57 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain ...
    •  1.0 miles

    Bol Park Bike Path is a hiking and biking trail in Palo Alto, California. It is a mile long and begins at 57 feet altitude. ...

  • Skyline to Big Basin (Backpacking)

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    This is, without a doubt, the most scenic and off-beat wilderness route across the Santa Cruz Mountains. From the crest of the range you will descend across typical California rolling grassland ...
    •  4 days
    •  26.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is, without a doubt, the most scenic and off-beat wilderness route across the Santa Cruz Mountains. From the crest of ...

  • Bol Park Bike Path

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    The Bol Park Bike Path is a charmer that threads through a peaceful neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco. At its heart is Bol Park, a strip of playground and lawn laid alongside Matadero ...
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Bol Park Bike Path is a charmer that threads through a peaceful neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco. At ...

  • Skyline Ridge Mountain Bike

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and the upper portion of Monte Bello Open Space Preserve are the areas covered by this ride. Located high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Palo Alto, these ...
    •  2 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and the upper portion of Monte Bello Open Space Preserve are the areas covered by this ...

  • Russian Ridge Mountain Bike

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    At the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Page Mill Road, lie four separate open space preserves. Russian Ridge ,Coal Creek ,Monte Bello and Skyline ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    At the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Page Mill Road, lie four separate open ...

  • Old La Honda Road and West Alpine Return

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    One of the most popular cycling roads on the Peninsula —and in the entire Bay Area, for that matter —is Alpine Road in Palo Alto. Weekends find this road heavily traveled by bicycles with riders ...
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the most popular cycling roads on the Peninsula —and in the entire Bay Area, for that matter —is Alpine Road in Palo ...

  • Arastradero Preserve Mountain Bike

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    With its relatively small hills and with trails that alternate between single-track and fire road, and with its close proximity to Palo Alto, Arastradero Preserve is an ideal place for the beginner ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    With its relatively small hills and with trails that alternate between single-track and fire road, and with its close proximity ...

  • Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    At the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Page Mill Road, lie four separate open space preserves —Russian Ridge, Coal Creek, Monte Bello and Skyline ...
    •  2-3 hours
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    At the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains, at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Page Mill Road, lie four separate open ...

  • Arastradero Preserve

    0 Reviews

    Palo Alto, CA

    With its relatively small hills and with trails that alternate between single-track and fire road, and with its close proximity to Palo Alto, Arastradero Preserve is an ideal place for the beginner ...
    •  1-2 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    With its relatively small hills and with trails that alternate between single-track and fire road, and with its close proximity ...