Best trails in Menlo Park, California

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Explore the most popular trails near Menlo Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Menlo Park, California
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#1 - Bedwell Bayfront Park Trail
Bedwell Bay Front Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
A former landfill site, Bedwell Bayfront Park was created after the landfill was closed and capped off in the mid-1980s. The park opened to the public soon afterwards. Bayfronts hilly terrain, specifically designed for passive recreation, now serves as a landmark high point along the edge of San Francisco Bay. Various development proposals have threatened the parks open space and wildlife, including development of a golf course and playing fields. These proposals have since been withdrawn or defeated by voters, and the park today remains as public open space.Show more
#2 - Bay Trail: Bedwell Bayfront Park to Alviso
Menlo Park, California
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Length: 18.4 mi • Est. 7 h 24 m
This is a segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail: a 500 mile long mile trail around the Bay. This is the 6th section of the Bay Trail, taking hikers from Bedwell Bayfront Park to Alviso. Beginning at Bedwell Bayfront Park, travel south into the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the first urban national wildlife refuge established in the United States. From University Avenue, the bicycle/pedestrian path on the Dumbarton Bridge is straight ahead. Near the bridge, a .7-mile spur trail in the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve hugs the edge of restored wetlands. By mid-2020, the trail will connect University Avenue to the southern section of Ravenswood Open Space Preserve and Cooley Landing. At the bridge over San Francisquito Creek, the trail splits into two different Bay Trail routes. For the shoreline route, head into the Palo Alto Baylands along the gravel path that leads to the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, Palo Alto Baylands EcoCenter and Byxbee Park. For the inland route, continue straight from San Francisquito Creek on the paved path and follow streets to pick up the paved path that extends along the edge of East Bayshore. Don't miss Bliss in the Moment, a sculpture dedicated to former Bay Trail Board member and bicycle advocate Bill Bliss. In Shoreline at Mountain View, a paved path extends the length of the park past the historic Rengstorff House to the Stevens Creek Nature Study Area. The Stevens Creek Trail extends over 5 miles to downtown Mountain View and beyond. Follow the natural surface path behind Moffett Field for unique views of this former Navy facility and the wetland habitats along its edge. Sunnyvale Baylands Park includes acres of seasonal wetlands and grassy uplands that feature grounds for picnicking and several miles of Bay Trail. Dogs are not allowed in Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, Shoreline at Mountain View, behind Moffett Field and in Sunnyvale Baylands Park. Alviso Marina County Park, a former marina, has been restored to wetlands but you can still launch a boat here. A 9-mile dry season loop trail extends around the former marina.Show more