Stanford Dish Loop Trail

MODERATE 376 reviews

Stanford Dish Loop Trail is a 3.6 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.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

trail running
26 days ago

A great trail for either an end of day walk or morning warm up. The cows were my personal favorite!

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet hike with greenery all around . Its an easy hike with not much elevation.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of San Francisco and most of the Bay. Will be back again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views and smoothly paved.

2 months ago

marvelous place to walk, full sun

3 months ago

If you’re looking for a paved trail this is great. Beautiful views all around and good odds of seeing wildlife (deer, snakes, birds etc.), but very heavily trafficked so not as serene as other trails in the area. It makes for a nice but gentle workout and can be done in a little over an hour. The wide road makes it perfect for going with friends or family and chatting along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a nice 3.7 mile hike on pavement up and down inclines. Very busy area for walkers and runners. Parking is hard to find and no Restrooms.

3 months ago

Parking is definitely an issue here but the trail is nice and well maintained

3 months ago

It’s a fairly easy walk with a paved walkway kid and wheelchair friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice for a brisk walk with friends or alone.

walking
4 months ago

The trails is easy with paved road and wheelchair accessibility. It has small elevation changes which gets your heart pumping. The valley views are simply gorgeous, especially with fall colors popping here and there. Great trail for a quick morning workout close to urban area.

4 months ago

Really beautiful views the whole hike. Nice and hilly but all on cement

5 months ago

It’s not a real hike.

5 months ago

Love, this trail. Closed to home and work. I feel safe and the view is gorgeous. First few times are the hardest after it can be done in a hour or less. Go there 3 days a week.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Try going later, closer to sunset.

5 months ago

Great hike and safe to go solo.

hiking
6 months ago

I go to the dish on regular basis. The pavement is great to bring a stroller along and do a kid friendly workout activity ;) There are plenty of squirls that chase each other to watch and even deers once in a while. Once you master the initial hill - the rest is pretty easy.

trail running
7 months ago

Awesome trails for hill workout.

7 months ago

Memorable!!

hiking
7 months ago

Note that there are no restrooms near this trail! It is perfectly challenging with many hills but still relaxing.

hiking
7 months ago

Note that there are no restrooms near this trail! It is perfectly challenging with many hills but still relaxing.

7 months ago

Note that there are no restrooms near this trail! It is perfectly challenging with many hills but still relaxing.

hiking
8 months ago

Very busy trail with some nice views

walking
8 months ago

Busy but nice

hiking
8 months ago

Its cool. Buildings and trees. Students aplenty. Great for people watching. Cool historic sites.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice, beautiful open trails with stunning views and ground squirrels abound. Mind the hours since they lock it up dusk until dawn and avoid it in the midday during summers since there isn't a lot of shade.

walking
9 months ago

Spacious paved walkway with stunning views of the bay. There's no bathrooms available so be sure to void before taking a 4 mile walk.

9 months ago

Steep (for this 69-yr old!) climb from the gate but after one has conquered that, the views are breathtaking. The asphalt trail cushions each step. As others have mentioned, use bathroom before starting hike & take H2O.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike to complete in 1-1.5 hrs. Bring water because the trail is very exposed with little shade. The views are great and on a clear day, you can see the Bay Bridge and downtown San Francisco.

9 months ago

Very nice trail for a quick hike.

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