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    Is Foothills Park in Palo Alto a safe park for a dusk hike

    I was thinking about hiking Foothills Park with a Palo Alto friend after work. I have never been there before and with the sun setting earlier and earlier, I am afraid we might be still in the park after dark.

    Is there a lot of rangers and police officers patrolling the park at sunset? I assume they can help us if we are stuck.

    Also, for anyone regularly hikes there, can someone recommend a fun loop? Maybe 7-10 miles long.

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    It recently took me a while to do a Razorback - Lost trail - loop at Windy Hill (running of course.. would be awesome trails to ride..) and as I was running down the fireroad from the Skyline instad of Hamms gulch alone in the dark, some movement in the bushes really spooked me. I hope it was deer, but I would not want to see those who snack on deer.. or runners..

    Razorback - Lost - Hamms Gulch at Windy Hill is a nice loop. Prefer it to running at Foothill. (Which I guess I can not even do anymore after moving out of Palo Alto)

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    Windy Hill? Hmm, I am looking for parks closer to my job in Sunnyvale than Waterdog, a great place to mountain bike after work, if you are into that kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    Windy Hill? Hmm, I am looking for parks closer to my job in Sunnyvale than Waterdog, a great place to mountain bike after work, if you are into that kind of thing.
    Only a large fireroad opened to bikes in Windy Hills. Awesome singletrack goes to waste . After work I usually do a loop at Arastradero or up Alpine Road to Borel Hill and back. Used to live right above Waterdog, that was nice...

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    I've done a lot of road riding in the area. Arastradero and Alpine were my favorite roads.

    Just figured I would quit this biking thing and pick up evening hiking as a new hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    I've done a lot of road riding in the area. Arastradero and Alpine were my favorite roads.
    Upper Alpine on a road bike is rad.

    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    Just figured I would quit this biking thing and pick up evening hiking as a new hobby.
    That loop I mentioned on the Windy Hill is a nice run, if you are into uphill/downhill running. I try to do it every week..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro
    Is there a lot of rangers and police officers patrolling the park at sunset?
    Enough...

    I assume they can help us if we are stuck.
    They will be happy to escort you out and give you a ticket if it is after sunset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCRover
    Enough...

    They will be happy to escort you out and give you a ticket if it is after sunset.
    If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?

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    Because if I got lost on my hike, I would hope the police are waiting to assist me.

    As opposed to, let's say, patrolling that town just east of Palo Alto. Because lost hikers should take priority to stopping drug dealers and murderers.

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