Bounded by Portola Valley, Los Altos Hills, Pearson-Arastradero Preserve and Los Trancos Open Space Preserve, the 1,400-acre Foothills Park is a nature lover's paradise. Miles of trails provide access through rugged chaparral, woodlands, fields, streams, and a lake, and provide spectacular views of the Bay Area. Wildlife abounds, and it is common to see deer and coyotes; if you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of a bobcat.
There are 15 miles of hiking trails. The longest hike is the Los Trancos Trail, which is 7.5 miles. Fishing is permitted in Boronda Lake with a California Sport Fishing License; age 16+. Swimming is prohibited but canoes are also available for rent on the weekends and holidays. Picnic areas can be reserved and camping is allowed at Towle Camp. Canoe and camping season - May 1st to October 31st.
The land for Foothills Park was sold to the City of Palo Alto by Dr. Russel Lee, founder of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, and his wife Dorothy in 1958, on the condition that it be preserved as open space.
The park is open 8am - Sunset.
The Nature Interpretive Center has exhibits and maps and is the starting point for many nature walks. There is a meeting room available for rent.
Nature Programs: Ranger-led activities are available throughout the year in Foothills Park.
Dogs: Dogs must be on a leash on weekdays only. https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/parks/preserves/dogs.asp
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