Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, June 10, 2013.|
Palo Alto to Eastridge in San Jose via El Camino Real, 24 hours a day. Call 408-321-2300.
Downtown Mountain View to Foothill College. Weekday times: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; operates every 30 minutes. Call 408-321-2300.
Direct service between Palo Alto and East San Jose, about every 15 minutes, 5:44 a.m.-7:32 p.m. Mon-Fri; 7:50 a.m.-6:40 p.m. Sat. Call 408-321-2300; TDD 408-321-2330.
This road, in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Altos Hills, winds into the hills along Corte Madera Creek from Portola Valley. It turns to dirt when it starts to climb, a couple miles west of Portola Road. The rutted dirt road climbs 2.5 miles before it merges with Page Mill Road near Skyline. Total loop is 18 miles, rising 2,540 feet and lasting about three hours.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle, Los Alto. There are 16 open space preserves that have approximately 150 miles of trails open to mountain bikes. Before heading out, check the district's trail conditions and seasonal closures information by phone or email. Call 650-691-1200.
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Page Mill Road, This huge open-space preserve, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, above Los Altos Hills, has a combination of fire roads and single track trails totaling 15.5 miles. The preserve's main entrance is on Page Mill Road, 7 miles west of I-280 and 1.5 miles east of Skyline Blvd. size: 3,277 acres. Call 650-691-1200.
1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. Open grasslands, bay views, small lake. Single track, fire road 10.25 miles, 6.6 miles open all year, 3.6 open depending on season. Deer, bobcats, coyotes, variety of birds. Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Call 650-329-2423.
Rancho San Antonio
Cupertino. A preserve with 24.2 miles of trails owned by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District with diverse environments: oak woodland, creek and meadow, with abundant wildlife and views of the Bay Area. Deer Hollow Farm has turn-of-the-century buildings and a working farm. Bicycles allowed on designated trails from the county park entrance to Deer Hollow Farm. No dogs allowed. size: 3,988 acres. Call 650-691-1200.
Russian Ridge and Coal Creek Open Space Preserves
Skyline Blvd., In the spring, this 3,137-acre preserve (Russian Ridge), in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Altos Hills, explodes with color from the native wildflowers. Dogs are not allowed in Russian Ridge. Coal Creek is 508-acre preserve with trails that combine for 2-3 mile loop. Dogs allowed in Coal Creek. size: 3,137 acres. Call 650-691-1200.
Santa Clara County Parks
298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos. Santa Clara County offers 125 miles of bike trails throughout 17 regional parks. Ten of those parks offer off-road trails, ranging from paved to rugged. Hellyer Park has unique 1/5 mile, banked, oval bicycle track. Call 408-355-2201.
(see also Open Space)
Bicycling is allowed in 16 of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's 26 preserves, but only on clearly designated paths. Helmets are required at all times. A speed limit of 15 mph (5 mph when passing) is enforced. Call 650-691-2150 (trail conditions hotline).