Arastradero Creek Trail

Santa Clara County, California

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Arastradero Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 752 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 504 feet.
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Arastradero Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 752 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 504 feet. This trail connects with the following: Juan Bautista De Anza Trail, Acorn Trail, Coyote Trail and Woodrat Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Santa Clara County
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: 504 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 752 feet
Top Elevation: 794 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Elevation Min/Max: 363/794 ft
Elevation Start/End: 752/752 ft

Arastradero Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 mountain bike enthusiast to practice skills and to develop endurance. Plentiful trees along Arastradero Creek and around the lake provide for welcome shade on hot summer days. This easy tour of the preserve is offered as a simple introduction to mountain biking. Small hills and some narrow trails allow the beginner cyclist to develop basic riding skills without the need to tackle extended climbs. This route leads from the main parking area for the preserve along a variety of trails past the lake, along the creek, and up and down some small hills for a complete tour around the preserve."

"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 mountain bike enthusiast to practice skills and to develop endurance. Plentiful trees along Arastradero Creek and around the lake provide for welcome shade on hot summer days. Administered by the city of Palo Alto, Arastradero Preserve is a popular destination for hikers, runners and equestrians, as well as cyclists. This easy tour of the preserve is offered as a simple introduction to mountain biking. Small hills and some narrow trails allow the beginner cyclist to develop basic riding skills without the need to tackle extended climbs."

"With rolling grasslands, oak savannas, and a pretty little lake with fish in it, this slice of heaven is comparatively underused by most Bay Area residents. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the Arastradero Preserve. The trails are mostly flat and wide and can accommodate mountain bikers, horse riders, hikers, and dog walkers. The destination here is Arastradero Lake, a little man-made lake that has all the charm of its natural cousins."

"Rolling grasslands, oak savannas, and a pretty little lake that’s got fish in it. This little slice of heaven is comparatively underused by most busy Bay Area residents. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the Arastradero Preserve. No sir. The trails are mostly flat and wide and can accommodate mountain bikers, horse riders, hikers, and dog walkers. The destination here is Arastradero Lake, a little man-made lake that has all the charm of its natural cousins."

"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 the mountain. Enjoy sweet singletrack winding through the hills. Short climbs take you away from much of the foot traffic and to views of San Francisco Bay. Learn some of the first lessons of mountain biking—how to explore on your own, navigate through a network of trails, know when to turn around, and find your way home.This is a safe place to get lost. Trail surface: Dirt roads, dual track, and singletrack."

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9/16/2012
Great trails and well marked. Single track is flowy but the only problem is that there is a lot of horse/foot traffic. Need to watch your speed and always be aware at corners. Beautiful area and definitely suggest stopping to take in the views.
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5/11/2011
A pretty awesome beginner trail. There is a speed limit and some dirt road but also some pretty fun wide singletrack. There are not challeges anywhere to be found but nice sceneray.
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3/9/2008
Even though this trail is right next to the 280 freeway, it's a quiet and relatively easy/flat trail. Honestly, it's a bit of a boring trail, as the landscape isn't that interesting and reminds you of the background in teletubbies. :)
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6/4/2007
Great rides for beginning to intermediate mountain bikers. Head out to the Bowl Loop trails to escape the hikers and runners. In the summer, get there early as there is very little shade on most of the trails. The brand-new visitor center has some nice exhibits, and there are also nice new restrooms at the parking lot.
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8/1/2002
Great combination of trail systems that range from smooth almost asphalt-like gravel fire roads to pure single track rails and short bumpy technical sections. One area that the locals have dubbed "Disney Land" includes an old dried out irrigation ditch (or punch bowl) along with man-made jumps and dirt launch ramps for the BMX/Freeride crowd. Good place to go for an after work ride when your daylight is limited or more often than not, your energy level. Ride is fairly easy if you stay on the fire roads. Otherwise, some of the climbs may be mildly challenging as the area is not very flat. You can easily devlop your own "loop" ride for any amount of time and/or distance because almost all of the trails interconnect. Nice views and lots of wildlife.
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