Stanford Dish Loop Trail

MODERATE 317 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
479 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

6 days 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
8 days 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.

22 days ago

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

28 days ago

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

hiking
28 days ago

Nice for a brisk walk with friends or alone.

walking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

It’s not a real hike.

2 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
2 months ago

Absolutely amazing. Try going later, closer to sunset.

2 months ago

Great hike and safe to go solo.

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

Awesome trails for hill workout.

4 months ago

Memorable!!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Very busy trail with some nice views

walking
5 months ago

Busy but nice

hiking
5 months ago

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

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