Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Palo Alto, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.9 miles 1399 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

- Wear layers -The wildflowers are usually at their peak in late March/early April -Large portions of the track are entirely exposed; on a sunny day it can get very hot - On the descent along the ridge, check out the views of Stanford University's Hoover Tower 7.5 miles to the north, and Moffett Field 9 miles northeast

8 days ago

Nice hike post turkey coma. Clear marked and great views of SF the day we went

23 days ago

First hike since we moved here a few weeks ago. Fab walk, wonderful natural walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic. This hike really gives you the feeling of being far far away from the bay area. The vista west from black mountain is well worth the climb.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Beautiful view many trails for biking

2 months ago

Gorgeous views! Bring a lot of water since it can get hot.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Great trail for a day hike on the weekend. Plenty of shaded and open space parts of the trail and beautiful views along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

6 months ago

Go early. Not a lot of shade

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Sold hike 90 minutes at a March

7 months ago

Again, there are NO DOGS signs all over the place. The "dog on leash" rule mentioned in another review applies to specific places in the map NOT including this.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of windflowers. A not-insignificant number of hills. Beautiful.

walking
8 months ago

Great trail, incline, path, nature and distance. Dogs are allowed on leash. You just need to read the sign and not the sign logos. We took both dogs and did about a 5 mile loop. Great pace and plenty of nature.

9 months ago

Perfect sanctuary minutes outside the congested suburbs.

birding
1 year ago

Still some green to see on the second half but definitely getting brown. So many newts in Stevens Creek- saw at least 20.

1 year ago

Great views, easy to hike loop trail. Highly recommend! :)

trail running
1 year ago

Nice 6 mile loop run starting from the Page Mill parking area. Terrain is moderately up and down with a nice climb up to Black Mtn. The canyon area is really nice with the running stream. Parts of the route were shaded, but the climb to Black Mtn is open with some nice views of the surrounding hills. I saw very few people as the day was rainy.

2 years ago

I tried to go here Saturday but my GPS took me to a dead end. The only other place that looked like an entrance was locked up :(