Matadero Creek Pedestrian Trail, Stanford, California

BRIEF SUMMARY Views of San Francisco, San Jose, and the Santa Cruz mountains as you walk on gravel and pavement. This trail is a public easement offered by Stanford University in exchange for county approval allowing Stanford to build high-density housing.


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TRAIL INFORMATION
Distance: 1.5 Miles
Cumulative Elevation: 280 ft
High Point: 370 ft
Low Point: 130 ft
GENERAL INFORMATION
Location: Matadero Creek Pedestrian Trail, Palo Alto, California
Description: Views of San Francisco, San Jose, and the Santa Cruz mountains as you walk on gravel and pavement. This trail is a public easement offered by Stanford University in exchange for county approval allowing Stanford to build high-density housing.
Permit/Fees: Open Sunrise to Sunset. No permits or fees required.
Contact: Stanford University
Water: No
Bathrooms: No
Address: See Google Map
Parking: No designated parking. Best option are parking at the Stanford Dish at the intersection of Stanford Avenue and Junipero Serra Blvd or on Old Pagemill Road.
Book: None
Map: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/may/matadero_trail_map.pdf
Additional Info: Parking is a major problem for this trail. Stanford was generous to share the land, but would have made the trail much more useful to those that do not live in walking distance to the trail if Stanford made a small parking lot for the trail.
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1 comment:

  1. By Lisa M. Krieger
    lkrieger@mercurynews.com

    A closing chapter of a bitterly contentious town-gown drama looks like this: a simple dirt path, as simple, sweet and serene as nature itself.

    Friday's opening of Stanford University's long-awaited trail -- the "S1," or Matadero Creek Trail -- represents the end of a decade-long negotiation that embroiled two counties, three towns, staunch environmentalists and one of the nation's wealthiest, most beautiful and fiercely protective campuses.

    About 1.5-miles long, the new trail flanks Palo Alto's Page Mill Road and then ascends an oak-studded meadow above the buzz of Interstate 280, offering views of the bay and Santa Cruz Mountains.

    It's not much more than a terrace etched out of hill, graced by gentle Hereford cattle, scattered wildflowers and the fragrance of fresh-mowed grass.

    But it offers rare public access through the private campus -- a privilege granted in exchange for Santa Clara County's willingness to approve Stanford's high-density housing and other university development.

    Ten years ago, Stanford agreed to build hiking trails as part of its agreement with the county. But while the buildings went up, trail development stayed stuck in the mud.

    Everyone was happy with the trails plan. The problem was: Where to build it?

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