It is known as The Dish. You may have seen it, while driving on I 280, to the east, atop a hill near Stanford. Although the hill is an academic reserve, you can walk the paths to the top, if you follow the rules. The ranger at the gate tells us that much wildlife has returned since dogs were banned; indeed we did see many birds and other animals. When you visit, stay on the paths, bring drinking water, and enjoy the view!
The paved path sweeps a long arc up the hills. We look back towards Stanford University, and see the East Bay hills over the bay.
Round the bend, here is our first view of The Dish.
Here is a closer view showing details of the radio telescope in the bright sun.
From down the backside, we see the metal service building in the foreground, just below The Dish.
From the backside we can look north, and on a clear day (such as today) we can see San Francisco.
Going back down as came, some large antennas, and a couple small optical observatories with Mt. Diablo as the highest peak in the distance.
As we return to the gate, the tower and red tile roofs at the University are visible again.
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