Stanford Dish Loop Trail

MODERATE 54 reviews

Stanford Dish Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stanford, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.7 miles 574 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The Stanford Dish loop is a popular route for Stanford University students as well as Silicon Valley professionals. The area is named after the large radio telescope that can not be missed. Its steep paved trail is suitable for running, walking, and hiking. Bicycles are not allowed. Opening hours vary depending on the month of the year: January 6:30 AM-5:30 PM February 6:30 AM-6 PM March 6 AM-6:30 PM April 6 AM-8 PM May 6 AM-8 PM June 6 AM-8 PM July 6 AM-8 PM August 6 AM-8 PM September 6:30 AM-7:30 PM October 6:30 AM-6:30 PM November 6:30 AM-5:30 PM December 6:30 AM-5:30 PM

1 day ago

Love it! The perfect workout

hiking
10 days ago

The hike itself is a 4/5 stars! the reason I give it 3/5 is parking is extremely limited and doesn't lend well to the over all experience.

But the hike itself is great. it's a loop. if you go clockwise it's quite steep initially and then levels off at the top.

would I go again? absolutely but I my during the week when I have a better shot at getting parking.

28 days ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

Nicely paved with some good inclines. No water and no bathrooms. Ample parking at the Stanford/Junipero Serra entrance.

walking
2 months ago

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Nicely paved. Completely exposed. One water fountain about a quarter of the way from the start in the counter clockwise direction. No bathrooms.

3 months ago

Perfect place to meet a friend when you only have an hour!

3 months ago

3 months ago

Worth doing once. But very basic scenery etc.

4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Such a great place to hike. Lots of people go here, you don't feel alone at all. The weather is great in this area too.

walking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful golden hills of California and all kinds of wildlife: red shouldered hawks, egrets, and deer. The hills were quite the incline for this flatlander.

5 months ago

I wouldn't consider it moderate, I'd consider it pretty light actually. And I'm not exactly John Muir if you catch my drift! :P

trail running
6 months ago

Great place to run, of it wasn't for all the hills. Tough on the knees

6 months ago

Good time but little shade & no dogs allowed. Pretty views.

walking
8 months ago

trail running
8 months ago

Perfectly smooth Tarmac all the way around. Almost too steep to actually 'run' up in spots, going either up or down. The loop itself is well under 5.7 miles.. More like almost 3. Still don't know where to park! Lol (I came from Lucille Packard Hospital at Stanford)