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Arroyo, Old Spanish and Toyon Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Portola Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 902 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Ming Lee
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Hiking

Nice shady , lot of prison oak .

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Mohammad Shariq
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Hiking

Trail is very good , mostly shaded and cool , but it is very secluded. I hardly passed total 3 people in 5 mile on weekday .Will not recommend to lone person from security point of view but for group 2 or more it is nice trail

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Kimmy M
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Shreya Deodhar
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Nice hike, with gradual slope. Correctly categorized as easy. Lots of Shade throughout the trails

Xuejun Sui
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Hiking

No restroom

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Ryuichi E
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Hiking

Nice quiet hike. Pretty wooded and lots of plants. Wear long pants if possible.

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Megan B
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Hiking

Nice trails, but it gets a little confusing if you want to follow the exact trail path listed as there are many routes you can take. There’s a cute swing spot almost halfway through the hike. The particular hike is pretty easy, but has some parts with incline. My husband and I saw three deer during our hike. Wear long pants.

Alison Cabell
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Hiking

The starting point for this trail loop is INCORRECT and is on private property. The correct entrance, where there is public parking, is at the intersection of Willowbrook and Alpine roads. You will find brochures with a map at the entrance and may start your loop at either Toyon or Old Spanish trail heads.

Valentin Sergeev
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Chris Reelfs
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Hiking

Nope!! Nice trail but I only lasted about 1.7 miles out before turning around because of three separate rattlesnake encounters. It was 10 am but the sun was out which brought all the snakes out. Be cautious!

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Fariba Khan
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Hiking

Parking at Alpine and willow brook intersection

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Ashley Zuras
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Just finished our hike, it was great! My feet hurt and everyone else is exhausted. So we got a great work out! Mostly shaded with a good breeze. We had lunch on the trail and met 7 other hikers. Two Turkey Vultures flew out of a tree right next to us and scared the crap out of me. I just had a baby 4 months ago and this is my first hike in over a year. We all had a great time and will visit this place again. We saw horses and lots of lizards and birds. We found parking along Alpine road as another hiker suggested. We got lucky and got the only open parking space. This isn’t a good beginner trail (if you’re looking for something more flat) and it’s not little kid or stroller friendly. There was a lot of mosquitoes towards the end of the trail.

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Xingyu Zhang
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Hiking

A lot of shade. Very friendly for summer!

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Yashir Dheming
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Hiking

We took our four kids on this hike and it was pretty good. There was a lot of incline but not too bad. There is also a lot of shade so it didn’t get too hot and there was places to stop to see the view. The trail signs were a little bit confusing so we had to keep using the app to make sure we were on the right path.

Thomad Yaeger
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Hiking

Lots of poison oak and poison ivy. Heard but did not see a turkey. Stay on the trail and the itchy plants won’t be a bother.

Ainsley Chong
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Hiking

Nice walk, mostly shaded, not too much incline. However there is no public parking near the trailhead.

Hank W.
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Hiking

Nice shaded trail. Just a bit hard to find.

Ruth Dugdall
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Quite a pleasant walk, through woodland. Seeing the deer was a treat.

Amber King
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Great trail! Mostly shaded with some spots out in the open. Signs can be confusing at times, so I used the map on AllTrails to make sure I was headed in the right direction. Definitely some ascending/descending, but not too difficult. Not stroller friendly.

J V.
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Hiking

Nice wooded trails with periodic views towards the bay and pretty wildflowers, flowering bushes and madrone. Lots of healthy poison oak, too. Parking spaces for about 8 cars along Alpine Rd. Many cars parked alongside Willowbrook, also.

Nikokay Ayrapetov
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NO PARKING!!!!!!! There is parking anywhere near by, it’s all private property

Kandarp Desai
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good and easy for 4+ years old. lot is shades on the trail. Not suitable for strollers.

Tussanee Reedboon
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Running

Great shaded trail, easy for trail running. The swings along the trail are so cute! Went at noon on Saturday and 9a on Sunday and was able to find parking on Willowbrook Dr near Alpine Rd easily both times.

Melody F.
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Hiking

Nice secluded trail, a little hard to find but a great quiet walk with some great shaded areas. Lots of fun checking out all the different mushrooms!

Clara Tejerina
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very nice hike. lot's of vegetation and lizards. well kept and not too busy

Ioan Bacila
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awsome trail, i would rate it as easy instead of hard.

Connie Kim
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Hiking

This was a pretty, shaded trail. It most definitely is NOT a difficult hike--maybe moderate difficulty at best (worst?). Either way, I do highly recommend this, but it's important to mention that this area is really used by Portola Valley residents and so there's really no place for plebeians to park. Having said that, it's scarcely hiked and the few folks we saw on the hike were very friendly. :)

Tejus K.
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Hiking

Very well maintained trail, and I didn't see many people her either (on a Sunday afternoon). I started at the Ano Nuevo trailhead near the park entrance, and went on to the Goat hill and Little Butano Creek trails, coming back to the parking lot.

Michael Estacio
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Hiking

I was here with 2 other guys this weekend (8/30/13) we took 3 trails up to the trail camp Jackson flats to canyon to Indian and up to camp 5.5ish miles there's a few things to know about this trail there's no water there are streams but they don't really run in summer and 2 its a good hike for me (5'8 250 with a 50 lb pack) it was a challenge but very doable for one of the guys (5'6 160 with a 40 lb pack) in my party not so much he was pretty much dying the whole trip up had to stop for him around 20 or so times and we had to come back a day early because he didn't pack in enough water so what I'm getting at is its not for the inexperienced /out of shape camper .......on to the positive seclusion we didn't see a single person on the trail or in camp beautiful views lots of shade fun hike great camp with a pit toilet camps 8 and 5 have log benches and tables if you hike up to olmo fire road there are beautiful views of the forest

Erika Leydig
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Hiking

This place is beautiful. I came here all the time as a kid; some of my most fond childhood memories were spent in Butano. It is a good hike and of course kids can do it too :)

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