For anyone who would like to walk for fun in a beautiful setting with company & light conversation. The Dish is a 3.7 mile scenic paved loop in the western foothills of Stanford campus that offers views of the surrounding area. It takes about 60-90 min depending on your pace. The terrain is moderately hilly, and there is no shade.
Open to all levels of walkers, one-time visitors or regulars. We plan to walk evenings (light permitting) and weekends, but other members are welcome to organize walks on their own schedule (please contact the group organizer to set up a walk).
Meeting place is at the hut next to the gate on Junipero Serra at Stanford Ave. Bring guests and friends if you want to.
A few guidelines for the welfare of the group:
- say hello to a few new people at the beginning of every walk. (This group is new and no one knows anyone else either.)
- start out together, then walk at your own pace. (The group is open to all levels of fitness, and the point is to enjoy the walk - so don't worry about "keeping up" with someone else's pace.)
- if you end up walking with someone, take turns talking and listening. :)
- if you RSVP "yes" and your plans change, no worries, but please update your response so we know whom to wait for at the outset.
The Dish is private land held by Stanford. It's gated, and open dawn to dusk; closing time varies by month. The path is paved (no mud when it rains), and there is a hidden drinking fountain along the trail.
Parking tips: Stanford Ave has free parking, but fills up fast on weekends. Beware of making U-turns with cops around, they do ticket and fines are hefty (speaking from firsthand experience). Overflow parking available in the neighborhood off Raimundo Ave north of Stanford Ave (uphill) - avoid parking permit areas (they ticket for that too). The local elementary school (Nixon) also has a parking lot. There's a bike rack at the corner of Stanford Ave and Junipero Serra under an oak tree.
Thanks for everyone's interest in the group so far - see you on the hill!