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Level: Beginner
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +441/ -267 ft
Total: 164 riders

Mountain Biking Arastradero Preserve

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#131 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,811 in the world

A perfect park for beginner mountain bikers or a short after-work ride. There are maps
available at the parking lot and the trails are all very well marked. From the parking lot,
cross Arastradero Rd for the majority of the trails. The trails are mostly doubletrack/fire-
road with short singletrack shoot-offs. Nothing technical here, just 1-2 climbs that will get
your blood pumping. Check out the "bowl" off the bowl loop where you drop in a steep but
open section of trail and a few cranks in high gear will carry you out the bowl.

First added by alvin.santoy on Aug 5, 2003. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From 280, take the Page Mill Rd exit south (left if your driving north from San Jose). After ~1/4 mile turn right on Arastradero Rd. Parking lot is on the right about 1/2 mile on Arastradero Rd.
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  • clappedcheeks33

    good downhill but a lot of uphill. rode with friends

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  • jdizzle

    Great climbs with great views. All year riding and great dirt but it can be very dusty and has a lot of loose soil and rocks.

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  • waltondl   ✓ supporter

    Close to San Francisco, no bridges to cross, some fun singletracks but they are rather short. Good place to go to if not too much time and want a quick ride.

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  • ***

    Good for a quick afternoon get away. Pretty easy trail with backdrops of stanford dish.

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  • tamarasciamanna

    Excellent for people first starting out and want something more than a dirt road. Amazing views.

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  • ****

    I just started riding again after a 6 year hiatus. Now, 50 pounds heavier, trails like this are a lot harder than they should be. Nontheless, it's a good beginner trail, as it offers smooth descents and enough uphill climbs without needing technical skill. I went on a day where the trail was muddy from a recent rainstorm, which added to the difficulty for me. Good workout though, and I will keep going back until the breathing gets a little easier.

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  • gtreesong

    AWESOME trail for begginers and fun for chillin ridding.

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  • Snuggles

    This trail is one of my favorite get away trails. The bathrooms and running water at the base ensure that you can stay at this park as long as you want (or until a ranger/officer locks your car in). While this park isn’t the most challenging park in the area it isn’t boring either. If you get onto the single tracks you’ll find a modest ascent with some technical turns. Once you reach to top of the park though there is a little “playground” for bikers who want to do jumps and such. This park is perfect for a quick ride after work, or if you want a quick ride on the weekend. The one downside of this park is that the equine riders often ride their horses here. While every one of them I’ve encountered has always been nice and polite, their horses do make a bit of a mess (manure & ruts in the trail). Bottom line is, if you only have an hour or so to get a ride in, you can see the entire park and get a decent work out here.

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  • mhmendez

    The trails are really easy but the mountain bike park at the top of the bowl loop is a lot of fun.

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  • malice33

    went there last weekend and had a great time. Perfect for riding with people of different skill levels. My wife likes to ride flat and smooth single track and the main loop fit the bill. I had fun on the side courses w/ nice jumps and drops to play around on. Very easy to access if you don't want to drive all the way up to Skyline Blvd.

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  • firejet

    I Biked on this trail today on my brand new bike, a great trail to get used to a new bike, because it is a very easy path and got some great scenery. I also tried out clicks on this trail and it was great that it wasnt to hard, because since this is my first time on them. Nice trail to get used to equipment and nice after school trail.

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  • TrojanMonkey

    Let me start by saying that this ride was my 3rd time back in the saddle in 10 or 12 years. That said, it was a pretty easy ride nonetheless. There was a bit too much horse dung for my tastes. I'm OK with mud stripes, but other stuff turns me off. If you live or work in the area and don't have much time, it's a good place to add on a few miles. Otherwise, head up into the hills a bit for better scenery and more challenging terrain.

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  • Ian

    awesome open trails with amazing scenery and a huge mountain bike jump park with tabletops, hips, and stepups...a must do if in the area

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  • gshoops

    Good for begginers, nothing special but lots of wildlife. deer, coyotes and foxes and snakes. Great place to practice though, not very crowded and nice scenery after climb.

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  • gab26

    Nothing technical, lots of wildlife. There are a couple of jumps off of one of the bowl loops. Nothing difficult aerobic. I did enjoy flying down a couple of the hills. Lots of hikers for a weekday evening.

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