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Stanford Dish Trail

Trail and Park
Palo Alto
  • Gurlygurl P.
    "Great way to practice hill training."(10 Tips)
    Samara T.
    "baby ground squirrels"(7 Tips)
    RMi F.
    "Best to park near Stanford ave near Raimundo street on the weekends"(5 Tips)
    Xin N.
    "The view is awesome and it's not too tiring."(16 Tips)
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  • Eddy B.
    3.5 mile hike/run with some hills. Beautiful view of valley. Paved the whole way. One con is finding parking at times (though on weekend you can park at nearby elementary school). Other con no shade
    Eddy B · March 2, 2013
  • Munem
    360' sunrise scenes are amazing. It doesn't matter what direction you start, but probably better to go clockwise to get the extra steep terrain out of the way first.
    Munem · September 5, 2013
  • Jesse J.
    Fun loop hike for when you only have 30-45 minutes to exercise but want a great workaround. Be aware though that there are no facilities on or near the trail, so go the bathroom before visiting.
    Jesse Johnston · November 17, 2014
  • Caroline D.
    At the fork, go left if you want to start with an intense climb with an easier finish. Go right if you want a gradual climb. Either direction, this trail provides a challenging run.
    Caroline Dangson · August 10, 2011
  • Xin N.
    This is a great tail for some weekend walking. The view is awesome and it's not too tiring. A good place to go to. Park on Stanford Avenue or on nearby streets.
    Xin Niu · November 13, 2015
  • Caroline D.
    It's a great place for an easy hike with nice views of Silicon Valley. The beginning route has very little shade, so make sure to bring water, a hat, and sunscreen!
    Caroline Deng · June 6, 2015
  • Robert G.
    Probably the best place to run in the bay area because you can see all parts of it from here. Lots of uphill terrain though so prepare to be exhausted.
    Robert Gaal · August 11, 2014
  • Derrick Y.
    There isn't much shade, so come early or in the winter. Parking is limited but on weekends you can park at the elementary school on Stanford Ave.
    Derrick Yu · November 19, 2015
  • Elliott D.
    At the fork, go left. It's all a big circle but this way you get a hike up front and a casual stroll at the end. It's like the mullet of trails.
    Elliott Danczak · February 29, 2012
  • Kathleen
    Good luck finding parking! On the weekends and during non-school hours, it's okay to park in the school parking lot.
    Kathleen · February 16
  • Jennifer E.
    Beautiful hike that takes about an hour. Great views of the bay on a clear day. Go early for parking!
    Jennifer Evans · March 30, 2015
  • Elliott D.
    Go left at the fork, you'll just be coming back around anyway. This way you get a mullet-trail, hike at first and casual stroll and the end.
    Elliott Danczak · February 29, 2012
  • Eddy B.
    Be careful about cops when driving east on Stanford Ave after your run. On weekdays ~8am a police car seems to regularly be hiding right before Peter Coutts intersection
    Eddy B · April 9, 2013
  • Alex V.
    Off payment parallel parking along the street at Stanford Ave. Gate closes at 7 pm, exit by 7:30 pm. Round loop takes ~1,5h in a good walking pace. Plan your hike accordingly.
    Alex Vasilenko · September 4, 2012
  • Marcos
    Great hike 3.7 miles of hilly paved path. Only drawback is parking which in short supply. One can park at the school 1/8 mile away
    Marcos · March 8, 2015
  • RMi F.
    Nice, easy paved trail overlooking the Peninsula. Best to park near Stanford ave near Raimundo street on the weekends
    RMi Flores · October 5, 2015
  • carolyn w.
    A coyote on the trail came within 20 yards of us before veering off. Bold! Yell and wave your hands to get them less casual around humans.
    carolyn williams · February 28, 2013
  • Bohyun S.
    fresh air, beautiful scenery. If you walk with a normal pace, hiking takes about 1h 20m
    Bohyun Suh · May 18, 2015
  • andrew c.
    Awesome running route. Turn right at the beginning for a tough 3.6 mile course with several steep inclines.
    andrew chapello · February 6, 2013
  • Austin W.
    Climb the hill! It's so worth it even on hot days. Quite the workout and your reward is spectacular views of the Bay Area
    Austin Westermann · January 30, 2015
  • Soumya S.
    Pro tip: run down the back side of the hill for a great view of the mountains. Warning: not for the faint of heart.
    Soumya S · July 10, 2012
  • Mike P.
    All gates and access to the Dish Trail closed until Aug 16/2015
    Mike Pegg · July 19, 2015
  • Kevin D.
    Good workout and views. Can be busy on the weekends. Never seen a mountain lion ;)
    Kevin Duffield · June 5, 2014
  • Jennifer D.
    You'll see lots of interesting sights from squirrels and hawks to interesting people. Rumor has it the dish was an old UFO research site.
    Jennifer Devine · August 21, 2011
  • Stanford University
    A 150 ft radio telescope gathers intergalactic data and marks the halfway point for this 3.3 mile hiking trail with challenging hills and inspiring views. Read more
    Stanford University · May 6, 2010
  • Sergey V.
    Max elevation on the trail is 527 ft, up from 170 ft at the Campus Dr entrance or 175 ft at the Stanfor Ave one.
    Sergey Vorontsov · 2 weeks ago
  • Karla
    Make sure there is nothing visible in your car- it's not uncommon to see a parked car with a smashed window :-(
    Karla · August 10, 2013
  • Nedumaran R.
    Go straight to hill from the entrance, very steep and reward yourself a good exercise.
    Nedumaran Rajagopal · March 26, 2010
  • Angel V.
    Unfortunately you need to leave the park before 8:00pm. Some amazing view out there though.
    Angel Vortex · July 14, 2014
  • Runqiu C.
    As of October, trail closes at 6pm and they kick you out by 6:30
    Runqiu Cai · October 22, 2014
  • Maribel R.
    Great outdoor workout, just know that they don't let anyone in after 7:30 pm
    Maribel Reyes · May 30, 2015
  • Gwen M.
    Very nice and safe trail! Beautiful view of the bay area and SF
    Gwen Mommeja · September 9, 2012
  • Karla
    Open/Close times vary by month based on how much daylight there is.
    Karla · August 28, 2013
  • Samara T.
    In July all the baby ground squirrels are squirreling around being a generally adorable nuisance
    Samara Trilling · July 3, 2012
  • Ken T.
    Great leg and cardiopulmonary workout. Try arm weights to add an upper body workout.
    Ken Turkowski · February 7, 2012
  • Eddy B.
    Great 3.5 mile run. Once you're halfway you are forced to run the entire distance #goodexercisetrick
    Eddy B · February 18, 2013
  • Al S.
    Hiking is great. The views are fantastic.
    Al Smith · January 16, 2015
  • Shauna H.
    Try adding hill intervals at Stanford Ave hill (run up/walk down) after you finish the loop
    Shauna Harrison · September 9, 2011
  • Lindsay E.
    On you way back from Appke, hike up to "The Dish" and have a nice look at Silicon Valley.
    Lindsay Eyink · September 19, 2011
  • Laurie H.
    You can see all kinds of wildlife such as hawks and tarantulas
    Laurie Hastings · November 27, 2011
  • Nadine M.
    If you're afraid of squirrels, enter at your own risk
    Nadine Mansour · August 20, 2013
  • Kei
    Good hike. Come early for parking.
    Kei · August 17, 2014
  • Meg
    With the weekend masses. Parking is slim at both entrances.
    Meg · January 19, 2014
  • Margaret O.
    The squirrels are really fat and they aren't afraid of anything
    Margaret O'Leary · January 24, 2013
  • Maile K.
    Takes about an hour to walk the entire dish.
    Maile Krauss · November 14, 2010
  • Tiffany C.
    Take the right fork at the beginning of the trail!
    Tiffany Chung · April 28, 2014
  • Jari S.
    nice views to downtown SF on a clear day
    Jari Salomaa · December 12, 2009
  • Keegan Y.
    A great way to unwind after or a long day. beautiful views and more
    Keegan Y-V · November 2, 2010
  • Jennifer D.
    Watch hawks devour their of life
    Jennifer Devine · August 21, 2011
  • carolyn w.
    Spotted a coyote traveling through the hills today
    carolyn williams · June 5, 2013
  • Gabe S.
    Squirrels with no sense of self preservation.
    Gabe Sumner · August 16, 2014
  • Tanya L.
    My favorite trail in the Valley.
    Tanya Lutz · January 22
  • Ana D.
    Nice place and safe to go for training
    Ana Delavega · February 26, 2012
  • Mihai P.
    Park at the nearby Lucille Nixon elementary school.
    Mihai Parparita · November 13, 2011
  • Tom M.
    Beautiful views at the top.
    Tom Maxwell · January 12, 2015
  • Vy N.
    Hot, exposed and crowded.
    Vy Nguyen · August 6, 2015
  • Shadi N.
    head to the right if you want an uphill workout!
    Shadi Nayyer · November 1, 2011
  • Ed C.
    Perfect day for doing the dish trail!
    Ed Campbell · August 18, 2014
  • Alicia M.
    good hill run, great views too!
    Alicia M · January 1, 2011
  • Daniel P.
    Keep to the right. What's so difficult, people?
    Daniel Peters · August 2, 2013
  • Gurlygurl P.
    Great way to practice hill training.
    Gurlygurl Panda · May 10, 2011
  • Arezou K.
    Great for a quick hike
    Arezou Keshavarz · January 3
  • John B.
    Don't be scurred. Run!!!
    John Blaze · September 22, 2013
  • Alice F.
    COWS! & seeing the bay
    Alice Fang · June 22, 2015
  • Kerry B.
    watch all the squirrels scurrying around
    Kerry Bodine · December 6, 2009
  • Shauna H.
    my little piece of heaven.
    Shauna Harrison · August 15, 2011
  • Denis v.
    Awesome day
    Denis von Kaeppler · January 12, 2012
  • Noah
    Look for the little bunnies scampering about
    Noah · April 1, 2010
  • Yosuke K.
    Very hilly!
    Yosuke Koike · January 20, 2010
  • Harry X.
    very nice walk.
    Harry Xu · February 22, 2012
  • therealspidey P.
    Just the best!
    therealspidey Peter Parker · January 4, 2013
  • Edgar C.
    Closing at 7pm now.
    Edgar Chuang · September 4, 2011
  • Joe A.
    No Dogs Allowed. BOO!!!
    Joe Adam · July 9, 2011
  • Shirley L.
    Wear sunblock!!
    Shirley Liu · August 19, 2012
  • Ben S.
    2. Hit the dish
    Ben Sykes · August 20, 2011
  • Doug B.
    Closed until August 16, 2015
    Doug Baer · July 21, 2015
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