Pearson-Arastradero Preserve In Palo Alto, CAPalo Alto, California is known for being the home of Stanford University and the headquarters of a myriad of high-tech companies. But there\'s also a healthy portion of land that is designated for nature lovers. One such place is Pearson-Arastradero Preserve. A lovely combination of evergreen forest and undulating grassland, the Preserve serves up plenty of things to do. You\'ll have your choice of over 10 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails that for the most part are open 365 days out of the year. About one-third of them can end up being closed when the rains get too heavy from October through April. And if you\'re into fishing, you\'ll be into Arastradero Lake. It\'s an easy 20-minute walk from the parking lot and it\'s open all year long. Be aware that all California Fish & Game rules are in effect.
There are some general do\'s and don\'ts that must be adhered to at Pearson-Arastradero Preserve. Folks on bicycles must yield to hikers and everyone must give way to horseback riders. It\'s imperative to always stay on the marked trails to ensure that the Preserve will be, well, preserved. Regarding the lake, there is no swimming or boating. Fires of any kind, including barbecues, are not permitted. That goes for lighting up a cigarette as well. You can bring your dog with you but he or she must be on a leash at all times. Hunting and camping are forbidden as is the collecting of plants. Get more details at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/parks/preserves/arastradero/.