“A short, shaded, trail that connects the Meadowlark Trail with the Arastradero Creek Trail.
— Kristen Arendt
The preserve is open from 8 am to sunset throughout the year. Hours are posted at the parking lot and can be found online
. The Bowl Loop Trail
is one of the seasonal trails and may be closed due to rain. Call 650-329-2423 or check online
To access the Woodrat Trail, use the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
and turn left at the first Meadowlark Trail
intersection. Follow the Meadowlark Trail
for .3 miles, and then the trail breaks off to the left.
The trail narrows and becomes dirt as it leaves the Meadowlark Trail
and makes its way toward a connector trail on the right that leads to Bowl Loop
. The trail moves toward the left and the woods that are found there. It starts to descend in earnest, which makes it a popular trail for mountain bikers as there are several switchbacks that make for a challenging descent.
The shade of the trail is nice and provides nice cover from the sun. Birds can be seen in the trees along the trail as it descends through the ravine. The trail straightens out as it approaches the Arastradero Creek Trail
, which is a wide, gravel trail that runs from the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail
(to the left) and the Foothills Park entrance (to the right). Going to the left will allow you to return to your car by passing the Arastradero Lake.