San Andreas Fault Trail is a hiking trail in Palo Alto, California. It is within Los Trancos Open Space Preserve. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2,119 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 312 feet.
San Andreas Fault Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"In 1906 the San Andreas Fault ruptured, rocking the San Francisco Bay Area and forever altering perceptions of the seemingly serene landscapes. This hike loops through a woodland that sits atop the fault line, where interpretive markers offer insight into the impact of the quake. Ask for a defining historical event in San Francisco and the 1906 earthquake lurches to the forefront. The San Andreas Fault, source of the temblor, slices through the Bay Area and is the focus of this scenic interpretive trail. Without the interpretive guide, available online and at the trailhead, many of the features along the trail that illustrate the impact of the 1906 quake might be overlooked. A few are obvious—yellow-topped posts that mark the San Andreas Fault itself, white-topped posts that mark smaller fault breaks, and a fence installed to show how much the land shifted in the 1906 event."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Jose (Falcon Guides).
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