• Breathtaking views of marshland with trails that slither between, the Baylands is one of those run routes where you can lose yourself in nature. 15 miles of trails offer plenty of twists, turns and nature views. As with all routes that head through dense greenscape or marshland, be aware/alert of your surroundings.

  • A dirt trail runs through this former landfill and joggers/walkers are treated to an unusual combination of open-space and garbage dump remnants. It's not our favorite run venue, but still an option for those searching for traffic-free routes.

  • Parallel to Sand Hill Road, this convenient walking/running/bicycling path offers a great route for those desiring a campus tour. Just watch out for cars entering/exiting the parking lots along the way. Easily combine this path with a heart of the campus tour, a few laps around the 400-meter track, or even the Dish Loop.

  • For those interested in a measured run or a venue for interval sessions, Stanford's 400-meter oval track on the east side of campus fits the bill. The high-quality foam surface will certainly put a spring in your step.

  • This paved path stretches from within a few blocks of the Courtyard to Hanover Street, approx. 2.5 miles one way.

  • A runner hasn't really run at Stanford until he or she has done the dish loop. Very hilly, the loop rewards you at the top with spectacular view of the bay area; when visibility is good, you can see all the way to San Francisco. The paved loop has some very large ups and downs, making it a good place to do hill repeats or get a tough run in a short span of time.

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