Trail Building Projects
Arastradero Preserve (Palo Alto, CA)
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.
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.
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
sponsored by Bay Area Action's Arastradero Preserve
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
- 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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