Official Parks and
Staff-Recommended Trail Routes
The Santa Clara County
Department of Parks and Recreation has released its recommendations
for the two trails in the Dish area. They look good. They're based
on the "optimal routes" we've discussed previously, with
a few adjustments. County Parks and Recreation staff recommends
routes S1-E or S1-B, and C1-D, on the map below.
Both S1-E and S1-B are
good recreational trails. S1-B is nicer, and goes through the main
Dish area. S1-E hugs the outer perimeter of Stanford land, but has
some very pretty spots. Both go under Interstate 280 via the service
road tunnel and connect to the Arastadero Preserve without any road
Trail C1-D goes alongside
(not through) the Stanford Golf Course and connects to the Portola
Valley trail system, with no road crossings other than Junipero
Serra at Campus Drive, which has a traffic light. It doesn't go
through the Felt Lake area.
These routes still have
to be negotiated with Stanford, but the Supervisors have considerable
The Board is only accepting
the staff report at this meeting, not making a decision, but we'd
like people to show up in support of these routes.
of the staff
County Staff's evaluation of the five S-1 trail alternatives,
the S1-E route (perimeter trail route along Stanford
Foothills/ Los Altos Hills border) offers the best potential
for further consideration. .... Taking into consideration
the property owner's opposition to this route, County Staff
evaluated the S1-B route (Optimum Recreational Experience
Route) and found the following outcome: (a) LOW environmental
impacts; (b) POSSIBLE regulatory issues; (c) HIGH impacts
to private property interests; (d) MEDIUM to HIGH recreation
value; and (e) LOW risk to public safety (See Attachment G).
The S1-B route also offers a technically feasible route
for consideration, if the property owner were agreeable.
County Staff's evaluation of the five C-1 trail alternatives,
the C1-D route (Modified Route with Combination of
C1-B and C1-C) offers the best potential for further consideration."