April 2011 Monthly Trail Run

Arastradero & Foothills Park - Wildflower Run

Saturday, April 2, 2011.

Starting in Palo Alto's Arastradero Park, we run into Foothills Park. Hilly for sure, but not extreme, with soft runnable trails that are drying out quickly. And the trail head is only a 15 minute drive from downtown Palo Alto. The Foothill Park section of the route offers Peninsula and Bay views as well as a sense of the wild. Mapped routes of 6 & 14 miles.

 

Sniffing the flowers optional: This month local flora observer will be with us to point out what promises to be a profuse seasonal display of wild flowers. Runners who opt to take a break for brief educational stops will be entertained and enlightened. Others, who would prefer to run continuously, are, of course, welcome to do so.

 

When Saturday, April 2, 2011. Meet at 8:15am for an 8:30am start.

Where   Palo Alto's Pearson-Arastradero Preserve. And then running into Palo Alto's Foothills Park. There is no parking fee. Dogs not allowed in Foothills Park on weekends.
How   to get there... Take Page Mill Rd West. About a half mile after passing under Hwy 280, turn right on Arastradero Rd. The parking lot is on the right about a half mile up Arastradero Rd. Google Map directions from the Lucie Stern Center.
Caution: these roads are very popular with cyclists on weekend mornings. Please look out for the cyclists.
No Carpool: since this run is only minutes from Palo Alto, we are not arranging for carpools this month.
What   A long (about 13.6 miles, 2000 feet vertical) and an intermediate run (about 6.3 miles, 800 feet vertical).

These are remote trail runs and so each runner is encouraged to carry at least one water bottle. To avoid having to search for lost runners we ask that runners of approximately the same ability and ambition form groups and be accountable for group members. There will be a potluck after the run, so please bring a healthy drink or snack to share.

 

Trail Directions

The map of Palo Alto's Pearson-Arastradero Preserve can be found here. The map of Palo Alto's Foothills Park can be found here. Maps and trail directions will be distributed at the run. The Google Maps Terrain View of the area is also illuminating. All distances are approximate.

Intermediate Run: 6.3 miles, 800' gain
SEGMENT MILES TOTAL
South on Redtail Loop Tr, cross road, thru gate 0.1 0.1
Continue West on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 0.6
L on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 2.1
Thru gate, L on Coyote Tr 0.4 2.5
R on unnamed Tr to Vista Point, enjoy view 0.2 2.7
Cross hill, continue West down road 0.2 2.8
R on Chamise Tr 0.5 3.3
R on road (Las Trampas Valley) 0.1 3.4
Part ways with Long Run, Continue on road 0.3 3.6
R on Coyote Trail 0.6 4.2
Thru gate, Continue on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 5.7
R on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 6.1
L on Redtail Loop Tr, thru gate, cross road 0.1 6.3
Long Run: 13.6 miles, 2,000' gain
SEGMENT MILES TOTAL
South on Redtail Loop Tr, cross road, thru gate 0.1 0.1
Continue West on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 0.6
L on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 2.1
Thru gate, L on Coyote Tr 0.4 2.5
R on unnamed Tr to Vista Point, enjoy view 0.2 2.7
Cross hill, continue West down road 0.2 2.8
R on Chamise Tr 0.5 3.3
R on road (Las Trampas Valley) 0.1 3.4
L across field (part ways with Intermediate Run) 0.1 3.4
Continue on Los Trancos Tr 0.5 3.9
R on Los Trancos Tr @ Sunrise Tr jct. 0.5 4.4
Continue on Los Trancos Tr @ Steep Hollow jct. 2.7 7.1
Rest at bench, Continue on Los Trancos Tr 1.9 9.1
R on Costanoan Tr 0.8 9.9
Continue on Fern Loop Tr (you decide on L or R) 0.6 10.5
L on road (Wildhorse Valley) 0.6 11.0
L on road (Las Trampas Valley) 0.3 11.3
R up road 0.3 11.6
Thru gate, Continue on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 13.0
R on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 13.5
L on Redtail Loop Tr, thru gate, cross road 0.1 13.6

 

Trail Directions

The map of Palo Alto's Pearson-Arastradero Preserve can be found here. The map of Palo Alto's Foothills Park can be found here. Maps and trail directions will be distributed at the run. The Google Maps Terrain Viewof the area is also illuminating. All distances are approximate.
Intermediate Run: 6.3 miles, 800' gain
SEGMENT MILES TOTAL
South on Redtail Loop Tr, cross road, thru gate 0.1 0.1
Continue West on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 0.6
L on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 2.1
Thru gate, L on Coyote Tr 0.4 2.5
R on unnamed Tr to Vista Point, enjoy view 0.2 2.7
Cross hill, continue West down road 0.2 2.8
R on Chamise Tr 0.5 3.3
R on road (Las Trampas Valley) 0.1 3.4
Part ways with Long Run, Continue on road 0.3 3.6
R on Coyote Trail 0.6 4.2
Thru gate, Continue on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 5.7
R on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 6.1
L on Redtail Loop Tr, thru gate, cross road 0.1 6.3
Long Run: 13.6 miles, 2,000' gain
SEGMENT MILES TOTAL
South on Redtail Loop Tr, cross road, thru gate 0.1 0.1
Continue West on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 0.6
L on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 2.1
Thru gate, L on Coyote Tr 0.4 2.5
R on unnamed Tr to Vista Point, enjoy view 0.2 2.7
Cross hill, continue West down road 0.2 2.8
R on Chamise Tr 0.5 3.3
R on road (Las Trampas Valley) 0.1 3.4
L across field (part ways with Intermediate Run) 0.1 3.4
Continue on Los Trancos Tr 0.5 3.9
R on Los Trancos Tr @ Sunrise Tr jct. 0.5 4.4
Continue on Los Trancos Tr @ Steep Hollow jct. 2.7 7.1
Rest at bench, Continue on Los Trancos Tr 1.9 9.1
R on Costanoan Tr 0.8 9.9
Continue on Fern Loop Tr (you decide on L or R) 0.6 10.5
L on road (Wildhorse Valley) 0.6 11.0
L on road (Las Trampas Valley) 0.3 11.3
R up road 0.3 11.6
Thru gate, Continue on Arastradero Creek Tr 1.4 13.0
R on Juan Bautista Tr 0.5 13.5
L on Redtail Loop Tr, thru gate, cross road 0.1 13.6

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