Great trail for morning to day hike! It gets quite hot later on in the day so be warey! There are some paths that have shade. This one splits into multiple other trails which is really cool! Many of those are dead-ends which is perfect because you get to venture into an area where the view may be amazing!
This can be a bit challenging if you take the sky-something trail portion. As near the end it will be deathly incline! Going to black mountain point and back was simple.
Nice trail for a day hike. There isn't much shade on the way up, but plenty on the way down. No drinkable water so bring plenty on a hot day. I have asthma and did this trail easily, but it would be difficult for someone with mobility restrictions. At the top there is a backpacker camp if you have made reservations, and some really beautiful views. Lots of mountain bikers and a few other hikers.
Solid hike 90 minutes at a March. Keep your phone on for pics of wildlife and great views Lots of deer , turkey, birds and reptiles Very well maintained trail and only saw 3 people from 5:30 to 7 on a Friday afternoon. Drive up to it from Palo Alto is a bit precarious on a windy road so take that light Have fun
Dawn B. on Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail
Still some green to see on the second half but definitely getting brown. So many newts in Stevens Creek- saw at least 20.