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.
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
Very convenient place to run when you live in Palo Alto/Stanford. Nice views of the bay. But it's hard to avoid running on the paved road and it can be hard on your knees on the way down especially if you often run this loop. Also, you shouldn't expect any solitude there!
Nice 3.7 mile loop with great views of the Bay. On clear days you can see all the way from downtown San Jose to San Francisco. Makes for an ideal walking meeting loop or a nice run. The hills make it a productive workout.
Close to home. You know it is a perfect hour start to finish, so if you are driving by and have your sneakers, do the Dish instead of shopping!