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Arastadero Open Space Preeserve

Average Rating:    (3.09 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 32

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!
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Latitude
37.37875144120437
Longitude
-122.1738052368164
Trail Directions
From 280 go west on Page Mill Rd. to Arastadero Rd, turn right. The parking lot will be on your right side after 1/4 mile. From 101 go west on Oregon Expressway, it then becomes Page Mill Rd after El Camino. You enter the preserve by crossing the road.
Trail Length
6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Los Altos Hills/Palo Alto
   


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Review Date
August 4, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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'.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Waterdog lake in Belmont



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Review Date
March 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ask ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
None

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Monte Bello, Saratoga Gap, (really any of the trails off of Skyline), Skeggs, Los Gatos - Kennedy/Dogmeat,



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Review Date
October 19, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: FL!P_mtb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Just ride it all.



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Review Date
September 3, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: joelrbrandt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Here's the updated link to find out about trail closures online.

http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/community-services/nat-arastradero.html



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Review Date
March 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: madzane ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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



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