Sunset Picnic at Kite Hill

San Francisco Kite Hill

Added by Josh Currie

A little escape from the busy streets and corporate attractions below, Kite Hill is a great place to stop, take a breath and watch the sunset as you look out over the valley.

Kite Hill is nothing more than what the name describes. A simple ascent less than 100 feet in elevation. But that 100 feet is all you need to feel like you discovered a little escape from the buzz below.

To get there, you can park directly at the base of Kite Hill along Peter Coutts Rd and simply follow the trail to the top. If you are interested in making more of a walk out of it, there are trails that serpentine around the neighborhoods that lead up to the Hill at various points. A flat grassy knoll awaits you at the top with flowers and a couple benches to rest on and take in the view as you look out just above the tree line.

Kite Hill is a great place to read, play your guitar, take a breather, have a picnic, or watch the stars. Now I don't want to amplify this hill more than what it is, but I think it's important to cherish the small beauties that rest around us. It's so easy to get caught up in mundane day to day living when it feels like your being trampled by cars, buildings, and crowds. So making a small effort to get outside for a moment and reset your perspective can be very important and a visit to this hill can serve as just that!

Pack List

  • Picnic Basket
  • Blanket
  • Camera
  • Bottle of wine
  • Board Game
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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Yoga

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Romantic
Scenic

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4 months ago

Great weekday escape

This is one of my favorite spots in the Palo Alto area. This is a great place to hang out after a long day of work or classes. There aren't many "views" in Palo Alto, but you can actually see pretty far from this quaint little hill.

4 months ago

11 months ago

Solid hour, two hour thing to do

Easy to get to especially on the weekend, can park on stanfords campus lots. The trails nearby are super obvious and can make the experience last longer. There is no picnic table but there are benches.

11 months ago

Added by Josh Currie

Christ | Country | Family | Filmmaker at GoPro

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