Stanford University

Stanford Dish Trail

Trail and Park
2390 Stanford Ave (at Junipero Serra Blvd), Palo Alto, CA 94305, United States
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    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 7:00 AM–Noon
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 7:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
    • 4:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 7:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    Gurlygurl P.
    "Great way to practice hill training."(10 Tips)
    Samara T.
    "baby ground squirrels"(7 Tips)
    Gwen M.
    "Beautiful view of the bay area and SF"(3 Tips)
    Jennifer E.
    "Great views of the bay on a clear day."(15 Tips)
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  • Doug B.

    Closed until August 16, 2015

    Doug Baer · 1 week ago
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  • Mike P.

    All gates and access to the Dish Trail closed until Aug 16/2015

    Mike Pegg · 2 weeks ago
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  • Alice F.

    COWS! & seeing the bay

    Alice Fang · June 22
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  • 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
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  • Maribel R.

    Great outdoor workout, just know that they don't let anyone in after 7:30 pm

    Maribel Reyes · May 30
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  • Bohyun S.

    fresh air, beautiful scenery. If you walk with a normal pace, hiking takes about 1h 20m

    Bohyun Suh · May 18
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  • 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
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  • Mark N.

    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

    Mark Nadim · March 8
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  • 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
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  • Al S.

    Hiking is great. The views are fantastic.

    Al Smith · January 16
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  • Tom M.

    Beautiful views at the top.

    Tom Maxwell · January 12
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  • 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
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  • Runqiu C.

    As of October, trail closes at 6pm and they kick you out by 6:30

    Runqiu Cai · October 22, 2014
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  • Ed C.

    Perfect day for doing the dish trail!

    Ed Campbell · August 18, 2014
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  • Kei

    Good hike. Come early for parking.

    Kei · August 17, 2014
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  • Gabe S.

    Squirrels with no sense of self preservation.

    Gabe Sumner · August 16, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Angel V.

    Unfortunately you need to leave the park before 8:00pm. Some amazing view out there though.

    Angel Vortex · July 14, 2014
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  • Kevin D.

    Good workout and views. Can be busy on the weekends. Never seen a mountain lion ;)

    Kevin Duffield · June 5, 2014
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  • Tiffany C.

    Take the right fork at the beginning of the trail!

    Tiffany Chung · April 28, 2014
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  • Meg

    With the weekend masses. Parking is slim at both entrances.

    Meg · January 19, 2014
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  • John B.

    Don't be scurred. Run!!!

    John Blaze · September 22, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Karla

    Open/Close times vary by month based on how much daylight there is.

    Karla · August 28, 2013
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  • Nadine M.

    If you're afraid of squirrels, enter at your own risk

    Nadine Mansour · August 20, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Daniel P.

    Keep to the right. What's so difficult, people?

    Daniel Peters · August 2, 2013
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  • carolyn w.

    Spotted a coyote traveling through the hills today

    carolyn williams · June 5, 2013
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  • 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
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  • Ryan S.

    Love the dish but hate the parking situation? Sign the petition to help get it improved: http://www.change.org/petitions/stanford-university-improve-parking-at-the-stanford-dish

    Ryan Stenson · March 31, 2013
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Margaret O.

    The squirrels are really fat and they aren't afraid of anything

    Margaret O'Leary · January 24, 2013
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  • therealspidey P.

    Just the best!

    therealspidey Peter Parker · January 4, 2013
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  • Gwen M.

    Very nice and safe trail! Beautiful view of the bay area and SF

    Gwen Mommeja · September 9, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Shirley L.

    Wear sunblock!!

    Shirley Liu · August 19, 2012
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  • 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
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  • Samara T.

    In July all the baby ground squirrels are squirreling around being a generally adorable nuisance

    Samara Trilling · July 3, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Ana D.

    Nice place and safe to go for training

    Ana Delavega · February 26, 2012
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  • Harry X.

    very nice walk.

    Harry Xu · February 22, 2012
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  • Ken T.

    Great leg and cardiopulmonary workout. Try arm weights to add an upper body workout.

    Ken Turkowski · February 7, 2012
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  • Denis v.

    Awesome day

    Denis von Kaeppler · January 12, 2012
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  • Laurie H.

    You can see all kinds of wildlife such as hawks and tarantulas

    Laurie Hastings · November 27, 2011
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  • Mihai P.

    Park at the nearby Lucille Nixon elementary school.

    Mihai Parparita · November 13, 2011
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  • Shadi N.

    head to the right if you want an uphill workout!

    Shadi Nayyer · November 1, 2011
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