Dish Loop

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Stanford, CA, United States
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. Taking it slow can be very relaxing as you are often greeted by passing joggers, dish wildlife (apparently there is an endangered species of salamander up there, although most "wildlife" consists of grazing cows), and the scenery. Along the way, you get to see the two large satellite dishes, giving the run its name, pointed at whatever scientists look at. Although both directions around the loop are steep, the loop done counter-clockwise is usually the way most people go because it takes about two miles to reach the top instead of a laborious one mile. For a really cool run, do the loop in the morning when the fog is dissipating and you can see the entire bay unveiled in under twenty minutes. The run is very safe as every thirty minutes, a guard on a golf-cart goes humming by (see if you can beat them up a hill -- they're always up for a race.) Also, the dish loop is also a nice place to hike so take a group of friends on a lazy afternoon or bring some books up and study. There are several entrances to the loop. Most of the time, when heading from the claw, the dish is entered near the intersection of Campus Drive and Junipero-Serra. There is another entrance at the intersection of Stanford Ave and Junipero-Serra. For the back entrance, see "Alpine to the Dish." The loops itself is 3.3 miles.

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