Summer brings hiking opportunities near the Stanford Dish


Leela Stuepfert

The warm weather beckons locals to visit the Stanford Dish Trails.

Leela Stuepfert , Staff Writer

As summer approaches, the continued maintenance of the Stanford Dish Trail encourages Bay Area residents to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

“The warm weather is perfect for hiking with friends,” said Maggie Daniels, a park visitor.

Before the upkeep, the crackling pavement had created a tripping hazard for hikers and runners. As a result, the Pavement Work Project between Gerona and Frenchman’s Gate took place from May 13 until May 15 to ensure safe trails. 

Closing and opening times for this trail closely correspond with the rising and setting of the sun. When the sun starts to set later in the evening during the summer, the trail may remain open until 7:30 p.m.

“Summer is my favorite time to hike here because I can squeeze in an early morning hike before work,” said Isabella Rivera, a longtime resident.

The main loop trail is 3.5 miles and typically takes 75 minutes to complete. In order to enter the park, drivers may choose between three entrances, one of which is directly located on Stanford Avenue.


On a clear day, visitors can see San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and the East Bay from different points of the preserve.

“The views are incredible. It is like you can see a 360 view of the Bay Area,” Jayden Cooper said.

Along with all the upsides to this preserve, the one thing it lacks is parking for cars.

“Parking is always a bit of a challenge, but the hike makes it worth it, ” said Emily Garcia, a senior at a local high school.

Every day, Stanford security looks over a gatehouse near Stanford Avenue near the trailhead. They encourage visitors to stay on the paved path, so a map is not necessary.

This preserve is also home to a historic radio telescope used for research in the Stanford foothills.

“This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. The sensory makes it a peaceful place to enjoy yourself while exercising, plus the telescope is pretty neat,” said Reynash Patel, a visitor.