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Acorn Trail

Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto, CA)

Acorn Trail, Arastradero Preserve, Palo Alto

We rerouted a section of the steep and eroded Acorn Trail, near the Corte Madera Trail. The Acorn Trail is a primary loop trail for the Preserve, but many sections are steep and badly eroded. The segment is gentler than the existing one, and takes hikers, bicyclists and equestrians through pleasant oak and bay woodland, rather than straight down a steep hill.
     Note: Poison oak was present on this project and some of the work involved pruning back or removing poison oak. We did, however, run a PO-free trail crew for all dates.

Directions: From I-280, take Page Mill Road west and turn right on Arastradero Road. Go 1/4 mile to the Preserve parking lot. From the lot, take enter the Preserve and go to Arastradero Lake, then take Corte Madera Trail 1/4 mi. to Acorn Trail.

     This four-day project was completed with the help of more than 140 volunteers. See also the Earth Day 2000/California Trail Days - National Trails Day flyer that appeared in our Spring 2000 newsletter.

     An aerial photo [158KB] of the project, including trail names and project features is available. The City of Palo Alto's site includes a map of the preserve. You may also wish to see a MapQuest map of the Preserve and surrounding area.
     Further details on the project in the Arastradero 2000 Project Information Sheet

     This project sponsored by Bay Area Action's Arastradero Preserve Stewardship Project, Any Mountain Ltd., California State Parks Foundation, American Hiking Society (June 3), Hobee's California Restaurants, Clif Bar (Apr. 22), Powerbar (June 3), and Crystal Geyser Mountain Spring Water.

March 11, 2000
Activity: Transplanting native grasses; clearing poison oak.
April 22, 2000 - Earth Day 2000/California Trail Days
Activity: Cutting new trail tread.
May 13, 2000
Activity: Installing culverts, cutting new trail tread.
June 3, 2000 - National Trails Day
Activity: Cutting new trail tread, installing puncheons (reinforced, raised walkways)

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