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“An outdoor gem in the middle of the Peninsula” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

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Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
Ranked #13 of 39 things to do in Palo Alto
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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An outdoor gem in the middle of the Peninsula”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013

This is a user-friendly outdoor space; great for a gentle mountain bike ride or a sunny hike. There is a small interpretive center and the trails are reasonably well marked, though it is easy to get turned around.

Visited March 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A hidden world in a short distance from Palo Alto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

You don't have to go far to get to this secluded place where you can hear birds and running water.

Drive for few minutes from downtown Palo Alto, you will find this place tucked in a quiet road. My favorite trail is the long uphill trail passing the reservoir.

Scenery is beautiful in all seasons, my favorite time for hiking is early spring mornings.

Visited July 2013
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Los Altos, California
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130 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Beautiful, convenient, but a bit close to freeway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

I like this area a lot for a short hike in the hills with the dog (yes, dogs are allowed on leash). It's got hills, open space, woods, water, parking, restrooms, and several trails. And it's easy to get to from the Peninsula without having to drive into the mountains. Only problems are it's so close to I-280 that you can sometimes see and often hear the traffic. Also, the parking lot fills up on nice afternoons, so have a backup in mind if you can't get in.

Visited November 2012
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Go here for some exercise and views.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

Wanna get away from the suburban sprawl and see some nature theatre? Go here. I saw rabbits, hawks, coyote, and lots of great views. An excellent place to take the kids hiking so they can get some energy out.

Visited January 2013
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