Cooley Landing Trail Loop

Nestled behind the Palo Alto Airport hides a gem of an outdoor opportunity for all ages; the EcoCenter in Palo Alto Baylands. This public nature center can be the jumping off point to the Cooley Landing Trail Loop.

Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter photo
EcoCenter in the distance

Are you an aviation buff? The Cooley Landing Trail Loop will be a sensory feast!

As you walk, bike or run the 3.2 mile trail you’ll hear the sounds of the single engine planes take off.

Cooley Landing Trail photo
Airport on the left and the bay to the right

Feel the breeze from the bay, hear the calls of snowy egrets, or be lucky enough to spot the endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse. Along the way try and spot the varieties of wildflowers or get the kids, young and old involved in counting the number of different types of birds they see. When you close in on the loop don’t forget to stop into the EcoCenter during their open hours and learn even more about what you saw. This year around access, flat trail won’t disappoint!

Cooley Landing Trail Map Photo
Trail map courtesy of

Sign up for the Bay Day Trail Challenge. This free month-long event is flexible and customizable with two engaging ways to participate. Whether you get out on the trail and complete 25 miles, or choose 5 activities to create your own Bay Day adventure, you can experience and celebrate our beautiful region when, where, and how you want to.

Contact to register for the Environmental Volunteers Team today!