Arastadero Open Space Preeserve - Trail, Los Altos Hills/Palo Alto, California

Arastadero Open Space Preeserve - Trail, Los Altos Hills/Palo Alto, California

DESCRIPTION

This is a very fun place for begginers and intermediates alike. The trails are a mixture of singletrack and fireroads. Some sections are pretty technical. What they lack in quantity they make up for in quality. There are friendly horse people here and no Rangers with radar!

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 04, 2015]
Mike
Weekend Warrior

This is a great beginner trail. For reference, i was looking for a trail to take my 9yr old son on that was "wide" and hilly but not too agressive of a downhill - this is it. My son only learned to ride about 2yrs ago and he really loves mashing up hills but timid on the downhill - i have had to walk his bike down parts of Waterdog lake because it's just too narrow & steep for his level. I wrote this because maybe there's someone else out there looking for a great trail to take their kids on... the only downside is that there is not much tree canopy so you will be exposed to the sun a lot; try to go when it's not too warm. Otherwise, great views & good length... lots of 'loops' & trails that don't get you too far out into the boonies. For the rating, i rated as "high" because it was exactly what my son was looking for and i think it's a great introduction to mountain biking without trying to learn to ride singletrack... he much preferred this trail to plain old fire-roads (hard to find without driving far). We'll be back out there this weekend!

Customer Service

make it up as you go along; really easy to put together a very short ride or something a little longer but nothing would classify as an 'epic ride'.

Similar Products Used:

Waterdog lake in Belmont

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 23, 2010]
ask
Cross Country Rider

Arastradero has a little bit of everything. This place is fine for a beginner or perhaps a good place to work on some basic skills if you only have a short time to ride. The park is not very challenging technically or aerobically and it is small. In less than 1 hour you can see the entire park. Many of the trails are pitted form horses using the park and there is plenty of fresh manure.

If you have more than an hour to ride, there are much better trails in the area.

I'd give this trail a 1 for technical and aerobic difficulty... but I suspect that there are a few paved trails that are slightly less challenging.

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used:

Monte Bello, Saratoga Gap, (really any of the trails off of Skyline), Skeggs, Los Gatos - Kennedy/Dogmeat,

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 19, 2009]
florkle
Weekend Warrior

I've ridden this preserve a total of twice so far. The first time on the upper part from the small parking lot area, and the second time the upper and lower part.

First, the upper part which I'll call "suntan ridge". Suntan ridge is totally exposed with no trees except a few far from the trail. Put on your sun screen. It's a bunch of gentle trails that are shared with joggers (I saw a cute no-bra jogger on suntan ridge), walkers (I saw a family of 3 the 2nd time I rode it), horses (some horse sh't), and presumably mountain bikers - although I saw zero on the first time I was there mid-day on a warm Saturday.

The dirt is dry and slightly sandy in spots. The trails are punctuated with occasional drainage scoops which give you a chance to pop a wheelie or have your prostate slapped as might be your pleasure.

Overall it was kinda pretty but mostly dry straw like weeds and some smallish rolling hills.

And now for "The lower part". The lower part is the far nicer part of this trail and I suspect the reason I saw no one on suntan ridge is because they were here. There are real trees that occasionally give you some shade on the trail, the turns are a bit tight now and again and the soil is mostly the same: sandy, sometimes powdery, small and occasionally medium sized rocks. A friendly mountain biker said hi to me and made me feel warm and welcome. Awww. There were considerably more piles of horsesh't making me want to call this "horsesh't trails". On perhaps two occasions I had trouble dodging the fly-magnet piles and plowed my knobby tire into one.

There were small groups of walkers and even a second mountain biker seen here. A small levee is near the bottom(?) outer edge which took me to a fireroad and some water/electric pump looking area. I got board and rode back.

The levee'd area was dry, but there were standing trees making it somewhat scenic.

The trails weren't too difficult for a total novice like myself and as a weekend warrior I found it to be quite enjoyable.












Customer Service

Horsesh't trails, or "the lower part".

Similar Products Used:

Suntan ridge or "the upper part".

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 14, 2009]
madcyclist68
Cross Country Rider

Located on a relatively small chunk of real estate, Arastradero is a mix of mostly singletrack, a little doubletrack, and some fire roads. Very little of the ride is flat, although there are no really long climbs or descents (the longest climb is ~0.75 miles). The ride is not really at all technical with the exception of a couple of short, steep sections. Trail is pretty tame and a great place for beginners or for XC riders to work on fitness (I use it to do short, fast hill repeats). Since I'm not a freerider/jumper I can't really comment on its appropriateness for these groups, There is a bowl area with some pretty cool little jumps and berms that are worth checking out.

Customer Service

Although the preserve is pretty small as far as MTB rides go, there is an extensive network of well-marked trails (there are maps at the parking lot). Pick up a map and explore- it's pretty tough to get lost as there are signs at each intersection that list distances/trail names.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 19, 2005]
FL!P_mtb
Weekend Warrior

Im glad this trail is close to my place, as other reviews on this trail it gives just about everything. You can pick any route basically, just make sure you go all around so you get everything. The view is great, people are nice too.

Customer Service

Just ride it all.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 03, 2005]
joelrbrandt
Cross Country Rider

Here's the updated link to find out about trail closures online. http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/community-services/nat-arastradero.html

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 08, 2005]
madzane
Weekend Warrior

They close the trails here a lot due to rain. Current trail conditions can be found at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/ross/naturepreserve/arastradero.html

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 14, 2004]
belljr13
Weekend Warrior

The bowl is closed. Anyone know what's up?

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 10, 2004]
madzane
Weekend Warrior

I ride this trail all the time and it's a great place to train for bigger and better trails because of its diversity. The views are a nice reward when you get to the top, and there is a bad-ass ride down the north side of the preserve that has all kinds of different terrain.

Customer Service

Go into the park, past the signs. First fork: stay left. Pass the lagoon and power plant on your left, and head up the hill. Stay left and keep going up up up three more hills. When you're at the top, look for a bench under some olive trees on your right. Go up that trail to find the Great Oak with a bench and a killer view. Under the bench there is a box of goodies that other riders/hikers leave there. On the side opposite the Great Oak is a little trail off to the left where there are some fun BMX style jumps and berms. Then go over the big hump north of that and discover the huge bowl. Leave the huge bowl down that hill towards the bay on the fire road. Right at the trail, and then all the way down on trails/roads.

Similar Products Used:

Skeggs point #1

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 01, 2004]
TamBoy
Weekend Warrior

a great beginner layout - not too steep but It'll make you briefly work on some uphill sections. Great views from the top. Saw the only rattler I've ever seen on the edge of the main trail. A great place to ride after work or if time's an issue. Rossotti's is just aroung the corner on Alpine Valley Road - GREAT place for a beer after your ride.

Customer Service

Straight on up, passing the lake on your left.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
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