Part 3 - Other Trails
Other TrailsThere are many other trails in the preserve, many unmarked and not on the current map.
Northeast HillsYou can explore the hills to the north of the parking lot at the northeast corner of the preserve. These rolling grass-covered hills adjoin Stanford University's pasture lands. The trails provide views of Hwy 280, Felt Lake, and the Stanford antenna dishes and hills. A line of eucalyptus trees runs along the eastern boundary of the preserve. Felt Lake, which is off-limits, is just beyond the northwest corner. Looking back to the southwest, most of the rest of the park can be seen below the Santa Cruz Mountains. Below are pictures from this section:
Beyond the fence, you can see Felt Lake. The lake is part of the San Francisquito Creek watershed. It is an artificial reservoir created in 1929 when Stanford University built a diversion dam on Los Trancos Creek. Felt Lake is part of Stanford's nonpotable water supply. Water is used for irrigation and fire protection. In 1995, a fish ladder was built to allow steelhead trout to migrate upstream past the dam. The lake, like the surrounding lands, is a biological preserve and off-limits to unauthorized personnel.
Looking back at the main part of the preserve from this middle trail, the path of Arastradero Creek can be seen, marked by trees. In the hills above are trails running along the park boundary below the golf course.
Along the Golf Course Boundary to the Corte Madera TrailThe trail described below is unnamed and does not appear on the current park map.
It starts just past the main entrance, where 2 dirt single-track trails lead off to the left from the Corte Madera Trail. One trail goes up the hill on the right. The other goes up another hill on the left. This describes the trail on the left.
To the left, the firebreak runs along the hills to the north. To the right, the trail follows an old paved road below the golf course.
The trail turns to the right. A birdhouse stands at the edge of the golf course. Nest boxes have been installed all over Arastradero Preserve by conservation groups and volunteers to help restore bird populations.
The trail finally heads steeply downhill
to Arastradero Lake. (This is
the view looking back up the trail.) See the 0.68 mile point in part
Meadowlark TrailThe Meadowlark Trail was seen and taken in Part 2. However, this was not the whole trail. This shows the section between the Corte Madera Trail and the Acorn Trail.
This starts at the junction on the Corte Madera Trail at the pump station at 0.87 miles in part 1. At the junction, take the wide gravel service road to the right.
After passing the closed Acorn Trailhead on the left, the Meadowlark Trail passes the new Acorn Trail on the left. The Acorn Trail continues on to the right. The Meadowlark Trail then begins a steep climb up a hill to join upper Acorn Trail as seen at the 3.47 mile point in Part 2.
Acorn TrailThe upper part of the Acorn Trail is covered in Part 2. One section of the trail not covered there is the lower section between the Corte Madera Trail, the Meadowlark Trail, and the water tank service road.
The Lower Acorn Trail begins at the Corte Madera Trail (see the 1.46 mile point in Part 1). It runs uphill into an oak and poison oak forest. The trail is a wide dirt single-track.
Looking down from the hill, you can see the Gate B entrance, seen at 5.20 miles in Part 2.
Soon you reach the bridge over the creek
at the trail junction at 4.82
miles in Part 2.
Perimeter TrailThe Perimeter Trail continues from the preserve's main entrance, parallels the fence, and leaves the preserve at the park boundary in Los Altos at Arastradero Road. It is a narrow foot path running along the perimeter of the preserve. It is the only official trail that is closed to bicycles.
This is a view of the trail near the bend in the trail at 5.09 miles in Part 2.
This is the trail near the trail at the
4.94 mile point in Part
Created 7/9/01, updated 9/27/06 by Ronald Horii