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Foothills Nature Preserve - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

11799 Page Mill Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022, USA

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About Foothills Nature Preserve

This is a 1,400-acre park and nature preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. The park contains nearly one tenth of all land in Palo Alto. About 90 acres of the park are developed with amenities including a large grassy field, picnic sites, a walk-in, tent-only campground, and a nature interpretive center. Boronda lake is used for fishing, rowing, and canoeing. The park also has 15 miles of trails.


Attractions Near Foothills Nature Preserve

Pearson-Arastradero Preserve
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve2.68km from Foothills Nature Preserve

This is a beautiful mixture of rolling grassland and evergreen forest. It protects most of the Arastradero Creek watershed, including its ephemeral Mayfly Creek tributary. It also includes the upper reach of the Felt Creek tributary to Stanford's Felt Reservoir. Each area of the preserve has something different to offer, whether it is a view of the bay, a quiet walk through the grasslands, or a snooze by the lake.

Monte Bello Preserve
Monte Bello Preserve4.18km from Foothills Nature Preserve

This is a 3,133-acre open space preserve, located near Palo Alto in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, California, United States. The preserve encompasses the upper Stevens Creek watershed in the valley between Monte Bello Ridge and Skyline Ridge. "Monte Bello" means "beautiful mountain" in Italian, and refers to Black Mountain which is the highest part of Montebello Ridge.

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve
Redwood Grove Nature Preserve4.81km from Foothills Nature Preserve

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve is a 6.12 acre facility, which contains picnic tables, a boardwalk along Adobe Creek, and a Hillside Trail. It showcases a range of California ecosystems including redwood forest, the riparian floodplain of Adobe Creek, oak woodland, and native meadow. A good trekking destination and also there are so many things to see and do.

Stanford Dish
Stanford Dish5.11km from Foothills Nature Preserve

Stanford Dish, is a radio antenna in the Stanford foothills. The 150-foot-diameter dish was built in 1961 by the Stanford Research Institute. The dish is still actively used today for academic and research purposes. The area around the Dish offers a popular 3.5 mile recreational trail. This is a popular local hiking trail, with view of 280 and Stanford. There are a few trails but the main one is 3.56 miles

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve5.26km from Foothills Nature Preserve

Windy Hill is a popular and very enjoyable preserve that stretches from Portola Valley, at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, to Skyline Boulevard, at the crest. Access to the summit is easy from State Route 35, the ridge road along the Peninsula Range. Facilities focus on trails for hiking and mountain biking, with around 14 miles of hiking trails. The area is rich in wildlife.

Black Mountain
Black Mountain5.5km from Foothills Nature Preserve

This is a mountain in the Diablo Range of eastern Santa Clara County, east of Poverty Ridge and Arroyo Hondo, and about 10 miles from Milpitas.The peak is one of the highest in area. The northern half of Black Mountain is an oak woodlands while the southern half is barren. Black Mountain can be clearly seen from most parts of the Santa Clara Valley including Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View and San Jose. The peak is visible from the Mount Hamilton and Monument Peak.

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