Explore the most popular birding trails in Arastradero Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good facilities, sunny when the city is foggy, mild rolling hills, wide trails but kind of boring

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of sunny areas. Wasn't too hot today but could be on other days.

My dog and I had a lovely stroll! Nice on a cold day because there are a lot of sunny spots!

Convenient to drive to, but a small parking lot. A nice weekend morning destination with all exposed trails for when you need some sun light. However, trails were not marked most of the time, so it was confusing to choose a way at the forks.

great beautiful kids friendly hike.

Bad trail marks, virtually all out in the open so no shade, too many animals and bikers. It should more accurately be called easy not moderate

Beautiful trail too enjoy quality time with your best friend 

hiking
11 months ago

Great open trail with lots of different routes. Wild animals (coyotes and bobcats) roam the area so DO NOT let your dog offleash.

Beautiful grassy hills, great for jogging, slightly hilly, must be even nicer when it is green

trail running
Friday, September 01, 2017

Exposed trail with nice combination of elevation changes. Good for cool weather running.

Pro, outside. Stellar bathrooms for public park. Not that crowded. Con, not all that scenic/trees and covered the entire map in two hours. There's not a lot of trail distance. Nice little pond.

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Very short trail segment off of the main trail, but leads to a secluded beautiful lake view.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Great loop. Keep an eye out for horseback riders. Parking fills up fast on the weekends.

Beautiful hike. Easy to turn it into just a 2 mile loop.

I was worried about mud after all the recent rains but the trails were very well maintained and mostly gravel. Beautiful hike'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Very pretty views and a well-maintained trail. Really nice that I can take my dog. I went on a weekday morning and saw about 15 other people total.

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.

Great!

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.

Good exercise, not well traveled. Pro is that dogs are allowed!

Beautiful and quiet small lake. A nice place nearby for a short relaxed hike.

It's an easily accessible trail, plenty if moderate climbs, great view from a few choice spots. You can cover 6 moderate miles in about an hrs time. Great weekly work out, 2mins off 280.

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