Redtail Meadowlark Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palo Alto, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Pearson Arastradero Preserve has 10 miles of trails and is located in Palo Alto, California. The loop trail offers great birding opportunities and the trails are used by hikers, cyclists and equestrians. Some trails are closed seasonally due to wet conditions. The preserve has 10.25 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Most of the trails (6.6 miles) are open year-round. Some trails (3.6 miles) are designated as "seasonal" and are closed at the trailhead after heavy rain (see table below). When the ground is firm enough to ride and hike on without causing erosion damage, the trails are re-opened by preserve rangers. Please be courteous to other trail users. Always yield to equestrians. Bikes must also yield to hikers. When in a group, avoid blocking the trail. Help preserve the land by staying on trails. For daily trail condition updates please check the bulletin board in the preserve parking lot, or call 650-329-2423 and ask for the for the latest trail conditions in the Pearson Arastradero Preserve.
Lots of horse poo on the trails.
Other than that, it's a very nice hike. Pretty views from the top.
Beautiful hike especially in Winter. There are lots of trails in this area and you will see many forks along the way. Because of that we strayed from our path 2-3 times so then we tracked out path using AllTrails app.
We saw rabbits, horses and quite a few birds. There is lake too on the trail.
Drove to this trail to take my dog on a walk. Not many trails around San Mateo/Alameda allow dogs, so this trail looks promising. I'm a hiker who likes steep inclines and tough workouts where it's a strenuous feat to average more than three miles an hour. This trail is anything but that.
The trail starts off parallel to a road, but this does not last long as you turn Southwest onto a dirt road. A bike designed for roads could do this trail without much hassle; in fact, we saw a few bikers doing just that. This is also a perfect horseback trail to go solo on.
The only primary attraction is the lake. In the winter, I'd imagine that there are streams feeding into a clear, blue lake. However, this is summer, and the lake is entirely stagnant. The reflection appears more of a dark muddy color than the sky, due in part to the trees on the south side of the lake.
There are some great views at select locations of the trail, but not nearly enough considering that 85-90% of the loop is unguarded by trees. The only relatively moderate elevation gain comes at the switchback just past the entrance of Woodrat Trail.
This is a great trail to take toddlers and young children on, and you can shorten the loop in a variety of ways. This is a great beginner MTB trail and a nice, peaceful trot can be done with your horse. This is not, however, a hiking trail.