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Perfect after a rainy day. The castle rock falls had a bit of water. Not too slippery and minor climbs involved. Overall very good.

Decent incline. Rough on the knees but good view and fun 2 hours.

There was a week of rain, a day of clouds, and this trail helped me celebrate the sunshine. It was wet and there was some mud, but it wasn't impassible. Gorgeous views and very little traffic once you're off the pavement.

We really enjoyed the hike. Very crowded on the paved trail, but majority of traffic was gone once got on the dirt. Some nice hills for this old and out of shape hiker and great views of the reservoir and Mount Diablo. We will definitely be doing this hike again before it starts heating up. Looks like it could be a hot and dusty summer hike/run. But, was great today in spite of a little mud from recent rains.

Gets SO muddy in the rain! Went when it was pouring today with my puppy. She was in heaven! I was slipping and sliding. Limited parking for when the weather is actually good, but I’d definitely do this hike again

Hiked this trail about two weeks ago and it was perfect. Very lightly trafficked. I recommend going counterclockwise to go through the neighborhood and “trespassing” section. Trail was a bit overgrown. About half the trail gets shaded. Great vistas and forest environments.

This trail was perfect for a beginner had a little of everything.. views, shady trees, rough areas, we loved will do it again

Great hike, very limited parking at the trailhead

6 or 3 miles hikes loop! amazing views and it was fun and challenging getting across some big rocks on the trail. Would definitely do it again!

Nice easy walk around a “lake.”

Nice views, some pretty steep parts and not much shade though.

One of my favorite. Not near as much traffic as the paved trail! Good hills and lovely views.

It took several hours, nice view! However, the weather is too dry, a lot of dust on the trail. Will suggest to try after little rain.

Arguable the most beautiful trail I’ve ever hiked. Period. If you are not afraid of heights, definitely try to climb on some of the rocks that can help you see the view better.

Great steep hills- super workout. You’ll see Lots of people and dogs. As you walk around the large gorgeous reservoir. All trails are paved. Recommend.

Beautiful loop with stunning views and some good climbs to get your heart rate up. You can also do a 4 mile portion of it, if you take the paved reservoir trail for 1.25 miles and then take a connector trail up the hill.

Tip: Do this one in fall or winter and skip right after a rainfall since it will be too muddy.

A little taxing on the knees going down, but a good afternoon hike altogether!

Nice views, lots of rocks to hike over, moderate hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I’d recommend starting with the coyote ridge trail and doing the loop that way. The lookout trail and tony look trails are hiking only and you lose a lot of the crowd once you get off the coyote ridge and fern trails. Great views of the entire Bay Area, definitely recommend making the extra push up to Maisie’s Peak. Overall great hike!

Beautiful trail. We didn’t find it physically challenging but it was a little mentally challenging for me (I’m scared of heights) as we hiked the middle section along the ridge. Beautiful views of the Santa Cruz Mts and Monterey Bay. Highly recommend.

on Wildcat Canyon Loop

hiking
1 month ago

This is the single most crowded trail system I've ever tried to hike on in the Bay Area. There are at least 4 massive parking lots, all of which will be full on a weekend with a long line of cars trying to get in. The trail is hardly better – you're practically shoulder to shoulder with others. It does get better the further you out you go, but it still ranks as way, way too crowded for my tastes. There are so many other trails in the same area that are practically empty, I'm not sure why anyone would go here.

The loop is significantly different from one side to the other. The right side trail while going from the parking to the campground is safer than the other. Staying on the left side trail going from the parking to the campground will take through the Castle Rock Falls and most part of this trail is on the edge of steep slope and through narrow crevices between rocks but gives fantastic views. We used one side going to the campground and another side returning to the parking lot.

It was good hiking for a few hours to see the nice view. Relax and fresh there

Perfect way to spend Thanksgiving Day! The view at the top is spectacular...

Nice trail, but definitely be careful of mountain lions since there are lots of encounters.

fun trail under 3 miles but has a decent incline to make up for it. good if you're interested in a quick one. not very crowded after 10:00am. dog friendly.

If you don't mind the noise there are a couple pretty good hills to climb and get a workout in. Freeway noise is kind of too much for me. Redwood, Tildon, Briones or Valle Vista - much better hikes, less people.

Been on the hike to Black Mtn many times but especially love going in the late fall or early spring when the temps are cooler. I've never heard of a Monte Bello "Loop" before and you won't find signage in the preserve that says that. Its a series of trails; be sure to grab a map. The landscape is beautiful here and weather often different from the valley. From parking, we usually take the Bella Vista Trail to the Backpack Camp and then follow the old Ranch Trail - it lets you out onto the road just shy of the top. We often lunch on the rocks at the top of the mountain (Calera Limestone) after checking for rattlers first. The return via Indian Creek Trail is GORGEOUS, especially in spring, but also rocky, steep & open exposure - luckily we were prepared for the brief rain we got today. When we junction with the Canyon Trail that leads back to parking, we've come so far down the hill that its a sustained climb back up - not always fun at the end of a long hike. If this return trails sound too challenging, suggest taking Bella Vista back down.

trail running
2 months ago

Can start also at Parker Ranch near Saratoga Country Club, crosses Fremont Older & Stevens Creek Park boundaries. Have phone or GPS, lots of forks, options & Vista points

Gorgeous hike with great views. Some slight bouldering along the way adds some technical challenge. Bring a sun hat or some sunscreen, part of the hike is pretty sun exposed. From points you can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Bay. Completed multiple times now.

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