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Redtail Loop Trail to Arastradero Creek Trail Loop

MODERATE 217 reviews
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Redtail Loop Trail to Arastradero Creek Trail Loop 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.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 708 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

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.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Trail was nice and easy, even carrying my lil’ 6 pound dog.

running
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

I saw a massive Bald Eagle there on the last Sunday in June 2019. The small stretches of elevation or Rocky, you do not need hiking boots but trail shoes definitely help. Do not wear running shoes, wear something serious. The parking lot only affords about 15 to 20 spaces, but this is one of my favorite hikes. A nice sunny loop that I can carry kettle bells on.

running
no shade
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Good trail for a quick local hike. It's a wide multi-use trail so expect to see horses and mountain bikers. There are cool stretches of shade, but much of the trail is exposed to sun. Definitely wear a wide brimmed hat. Beautiful fields of birds and butterflies galore. Saw some poppies too! This trail offers great views of the bay up at the vista point, where a bench awaits under a big shady tree. Clean bathrooms and a drinking fountain located by the parking lot.

Really good for running or hiking. Beautiful view of the bay! Loved it!

Lots of wildlife, very interesting trail!

hiking
8 months ago

pretty view

Sunday, October 07, 2018

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hiking
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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

hiking
Sunday, February 11, 2018

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.

hiking
Thursday, December 28, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Beautiful trail too enjoy quality time with your best friend 

Sunday, November 05, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great trail!

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Pretty easy

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Lots of horse poo on the trails. Other than that, it's a very nice hike. Pretty views from the top.

Friday, December 30, 2016

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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Walking

walking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Great!

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

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.

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