Put on your comfy walking shoes and explore this scenic Palo Alto hiking trail, just steps from the Stanford University campus. Named after the giant telescope that is visible from this beautiful natural area, on a typical day you’ll find the well-marked path busy with students and locals out for a invigorating walk in Palo Alto. The Stanford Dish trail is easily accessed by three main gates, but the most convenient entrance is at Stanford Avenue where parking is located nearby along the main street. This Palo Alto walking trail is about 3.5 miles long and takes the average hiker approximately one hour and fifteen minutes to complete. The paved trail offers one of the best hikes near Palo Alto, and people come from near and far to enjoy lovely views of the Stanford University with the coastal mountains as the perfect backdrop. You can jog or walk the path for a quick workout or a lovely afternoon stroll. Just be aware that parking on some the smaller, side streets requires a permit.