Stanford Dish Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stanford, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and running and is accessible year-round.

Length3.7 miElevation gain534 ftRoute typeLoop
Wheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyWalkingRunningPavedViewsNo shadeNo dogs
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As of December 2020, this loop can only be hiked one-way due to COVID-19 restrictions. For more information, please see https://dish.stanford.edu/ 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 - August: 6 AM-8 PM September: 6:30 AM-7:30 PM October: 6:30 AM-6:30 PM November - December: 6:30 AM-5:30 PM The route periodically closes for Red Flag Warnings. To see current information, please see https://dish.stanford.edu/ Accessibility: The trail is completely paved, smooth, and is typically at least five feet wide. The grade is estimated at 5% or less but the path is hilly and there are two areas where the grade is very steep and exceeds 12% (at 0.2 miles and 2.5 miles). Wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may require assistance due to the steep sections or this full route may not be possible for equipment users.

There is some parking available along Stanford Avenue and on the weekends some park at Nixon Elementary School.

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Kavitha Srinivasan
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Excellent trail with great views! Parking is a nightmare. We parked 0.5miles away from the gate.

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Hongtao Mu
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Mark Throndson
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Rajesh Raghunathan
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Rob Siu
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Bilal Shahid
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Kelsey Smith
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M Jenson
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陽子 樽本
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Good scene

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Frieder Bluemle
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Shane Blackley
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WalkingFeeGreat!No shade

The security guards are friendly and lead to a safe, paved trail for couples or families. Be sure to either get there early or with plenty of time because parking is limited. my wife and I will definitely be back!

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Ujjwal Gulecha
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Almas Rizvi
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Parking bit difficult to find closeby. Had to walk 20 min to get here.

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Brittany Dahlin
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Make sure you know when the trail closes down bc they will straight up kick you off and make your finish your walk on the highway. I don’t know why the security guy at the entrance wasn’t saying anything to any of us walking in a half hour before close. It’s also one way so you can’t just turn around on your trail and return the way you came. I am not sure what the purpose of security is if not to keep your safe.

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Kaustubh Gondkar
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Raghav Bash
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A perfect trail to build endurance or enjoy a casual stroll. Beautiful sunset views of the South Bay, especially the Stanford campus and Portola Valley.

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Bilal Shahid
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Anna Park
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Anil Pann
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Nice wide path with good views but crowded and no bathrooms

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Rama Ch
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Rekha Goel
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Rekha Goel
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Rekha Goel
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Jennifer Rillamas
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Great morning walk. Was foggy so I couldn’t quite see this dish but really nice.

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Rekha Goel
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Bill Zhao
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Nicer view because of the sunny day.

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Hanka Koeppen
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HikingGreat!No shade

Be aware if you park in the other side of the trail (because there is more parking space) it makes the whole trail 2 miles longer....

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