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Hoover Tower

Tower Website

Discover Google (Mountain View)

Googleplex central campus 1900 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043. From the center of Palo Alto that is a 15 minute drive.

Search engine Internet giant, Google, was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin and in February of 1999 moved into office space at  165 University avenue  with 11 employees. Later that year, Google moved to Mountain View as space became an issue for expansion plans. Source

Do read this article:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googleplex More:  https://www.britannica.com/topic/Google-Inc

Facebook (in Menlo Park)

Note: The original The Facebook Inc headquarters were located at  471 Emerson Street in Palo Alto  In 2004, when Facebook was then known as thefacebook.com, they leased space at  156 University Avenue , in Downtown Palo Alto. Then in Feb 2005, Facebook leased 471 Emerson at the corner of Emerson and University Avenue. In December 2011, Facebook was spread out across about a dozen locations downtown, including the Magnolia Hi-Fi building and a small office space at 101 University and  1601 California Avenue . At the end of 2011, Facebook completed their move to Menlo Park.

Location: 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA Worth a read:  on mercurynews.com Timeline history:  on businessinsider.com

Esther Clark Nature Preserve

Website Located at the end of Old Adobe Road off of Arastradero Road. Trail Map in PDF guide

Stanford Dish Hiking Trail

Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is one of the largest tracts of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats. It is an important habitat for migratory shorebirds and is considered one of the  best birdwatching spots  on the West Coast. (Best to drive  HERE at TERMINAL BLVD  in Mountain View to park and start your walk).

See:  Baylands Official Website  | Area  map with BIRD HOTSPOTS  (places in the preserve where certain kinds of birds – see also:  Bird Species / Taxonomic List – are more likely to be  seen ). And see:  A second, very detailed map

Note:  Open hours are generally from 8:00 a.m. to a specific time based on sunset. Closing times are posted at the entrance gates to all preserves. Details:  Open Space Hours

Woofing Woofs!   Dogs are welcome in Palo Alto Open Space preserves as long as these rules are followed

Related:  Rules and Regulations

Further reading: History of Baylands Nature Preserve

Arastradero Preserve

Official name: Enid W. Pearson Arastradero Preserve is a wonderful place to un-plug in Silicon Valley! It offers a mixture of rolling savanna grassland and evergreen forest views. Wildlife abounds on the preserve and it is not uncommon to see deer, bobcats, coyotes, and many varieties of birds. Each area of the preserve has something different to offer, whether it is a view of the bay, a quiet walk through the grasslands, or a snooze by the lake. (Arastradero Lake is a twenty minute hike from the parking lot and is open all year to fishing. All California Fish and Game rules apply. Boats, flotation devices, and swimming are not permitted). The trails take one from an elevation of 275 feet in the northeast to 775 feet in the southwest.  See trail map  |  Pearson-Arastradero Preserve Seasonal Trail Status  |  Official Information  |  Rules and Regulations

Address:  1530 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304 |  Google Plus Code:  9RPG+RF Palo Alto, California

Mountain Lion Habitat Warning!  Foothills Park, the Pearson-Arastradero Preserve, and the surrounding area are habitats for the California mountain lion. See:  cityofpaloalto.org  on what to do if you encounter a mountain lion!

Further (general hiking) information:  bahiker.com  |  hikingproject.com  | PDF:  trailstompers.com

Palo Alto Foothills Park

City of Palo Alto Park Page

Los Trancos Open Space Preserve


Esther Clark Nature Preserve

Website Located at the end of Old Adobe Road off of Arastradero Road. ( Trail Map in PDF guide )

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Preserve Website

Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Information from www.openspace.org

Charleston Slough


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