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Hiking Trails By The Stanford Dish

Explore the scenic trails in the hills of the Stanford University campus. The Dish is a radio antenna in the foothills, originally used to bounce signals off the moon to detect Soviet radar installations. This hilly area of the campus offers a peaceful trail for morning walks, hikes and jogs. The Clement Palo Alto is a short walk from the hiking trails.

Stanford Hiking Trail nearby Palo Alto, California

Stanford Hiking Trail

Distance from hotel: 3.2 miles


  • 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Children: $00
  • Seniors (65+): $00
  • VIP Express: $00


  • Free


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  • Walking
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  • Sightseeing
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How long does it take to hike to the Stanford dish trail?

The primary loop of the Stanford Dish hiking trail is about 3.6 miles long and takes a total of about 1 hour 15 minutes to cover by walking at a stretch. It has three main exits, the most popular one being close to Stanford Avenue and The Clement Hotel Palo Alto.

Are pets allowed on the Stanford hiking trail?

Stanford University follows a strict "no pet" policy in student classrooms, residences, and facilities. This applies for hikers on the trails in the Dish area. Service animals are welcome for people with disabilities.