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It’s a great hiking trail with scenic view.

I like this trail except way too many bicycles and loud talkers (both hikers and bikers). Not a great place to go if you want solitude. Even with the smoke in the air, it didn't keep people away.

I enjoyed the variety of trails on this loop. I was huffing and puffing a bit on the way up to the top of Black Mountain. I wished there hadn't been so much smoke in the air as there was very little to see at the top. It did make me pause and be grateful for areas that are still alive with vegetation and not burned.

This area fooled me into thinking it would be cooler than the east bay. WRONG! It was a warm hike towards the end. Make sure to bring plenty of water and a good sun hat as a lot of the trail after mid way is exposed. I went through almost 2.5L of water on the hike today.

This is a bit of a drive to get to for me, so I'll probably not do it again. If I do, I will do it in the fall/winter/spring when there is no smoke in the air and the land is green.

It’s a great hike, but it’s incorrectly listed as a 6 mile hike. I measured it with a GPS tracker and it’s 8.2 miles.

trail running
26 days ago

Great after work run, mostly shaded but with some good vantage points over the Bay on the way up. The summit isn’t overwhelming but on a clear day you’d be able to see the Pacific but the remaining 364 days of the year you’ll at least be able to enjoy a cloud inversion over the coast.

First 2km and the final 2km before the summit are the most difficult.

mountain biking
29 days ago

Great trails, but note that the highlighted route shown starting from Big Basin Way (Hwy 9) is on the Achistaca Trail which is for hikers/equestrian only (to the south-west of Skyline Blvd), whereas mtb-ers need to use the actual Saratoga Gap Trail which is just on the other side of Skyline! Once you get to the Charcoal Rd intersection, you can head across Skyline and onto Hickory Oaks Trail and continue north, enjoying Peters Creek Trail and then Chestnut Trail. We did this as an out-and-back, but you can also use Long Ridge Road&Trail to make a small loop at the end as highlighted.

Made it up to Sierra Vista point, very good hike just make sure to start early if the day will be hot as there's little shade.

Absolutely amazing sweeping views and great trail. Great loop. Not difficult for fit hikers. Only negative was major gnats (it was super hot the day we went in July)! Definitely a top hike in the Bay Area

Great workout and a hard trail because of the steep incline. Too much direct heat on a day over 85 degrees. Will be back on a cooler day next time.

Excellent trail for scenery and challenging workout!

trail running
3 months ago

Pretty hard uphill. And down hill is not easy on the knees either. Great view and quiet.

Very good workout . Steep inclines!!! Great to get you n shape .

glad this was preserved. open land pretty close to the road but still deer, rabbits and other wildlife. even a small 4 site campground. A nice bit of Nature so close to the urban area.

Gorgeous trail. Streep incline and good workout. Nice views. Very limited parking.

hiking
4 months ago

An amazing trail, but not recommended for new hikers based on the elevation gain. Make sure you hike all the way up and take a left on Montebello Road to get to the rocky area. Enjoy :)

Very good hike heights, love it

The Black Mountain peak was closed - thank you Mr and Mrs Lions - but it was still a great outdoors to take Rhus Ridge to Black Mountain Trail to Rogue Valley Trail all the way to San Antonio and back. About 12 miles out and back with small amount of elevation change leading to under 20 minute pace (and walk by Deer Hollow Park). Start early.

I started the trail from Saratoga Toll Road Trail (to the left) because through Indian trail it said no trespassing. Most of the trail goes through forest and the crossroads sometimes did get very confusing, because of no markings and they were not in my map. At the end of the trail it said you need to sight up somewhere, but there were no papers or anything; behind the fence it said you need a permission to go through from the park... very confusing. Overall it might be a nice trail for people who like to hike in forest, but nothing too entertaining for me, and confusing with no markings and that private property.

Excellent hike, to the top of Black Mountain about 12 miles..steep at some points, very good workout to get ur endurance up...well worth it to reach the top, the view is amazing.

Gorgeous variation in ecosystems and a touch climb up Black Mountain. Great workout and the perfect length for a morning or afternoon hike!

Great hike! Beautiful scenery, especially on the way back up!!It feels like I was hiking around the hill. There is some sun but most of the trail is shady. First mile is straight up which is hard but it flattens out and descends which is okay. At the bottom is a small area to hang out/picnic/community garden. There is also a barn which has sheeps and goats which are fun to see. Trail is not marked well!! Can be cold during the winter at the top! Small parking lot of about 10 cars total. I found a spot on a non holiday weekend Sunday at around 1130am, otherwise find parking in the neighborhood.

trail running
6 months ago

Good trail for the dogs

I'm visiting from WA, and decided to check out this trail today.

Trail is super well-maintained, and there are pretty cool views of Silicon Valley and Black Mountain (and some surrounding ridges) along the way. The end of Black Mountain Trail (a radio tower) doesn't have amazing views, but it's a great hike overall. The hike itself starts out a bit steep, but becomes a gradual climb and is quite steady in its climb until the very end, where it's steep again.

Made it to the top in about 1:45. I didn't drive there (took a Lyft), but the parking lot was completely full by the time I descended.

new years day hike

Enjoyed this hike.

Great place for a fast walk. Very birdy, fun for kids.

Lots of inclines and declines, but overall a really great hike. Cons: The first half before the end loop is close to a road so you hear traffic quite often even if you can’t see it. Also, I heard several gunshots during the hike which can be unnerving if you’re not expecting it. Lastly, there are some scattered viewpoints, but since most of the first half is trekking though trees/hills you won’t see much until that last loop. Pros: it’s mostly quiet with light foot traffic, I went an hour before seeing anyone at one point. Winter weather makes for a perfect hike but do bundle up if you plan to do the full loop it’ll definitely be cold on the return trip. The views are amazing and wholesome when you get to them, but even being lost in the trees alone for awhile is a peace in itself. 7/10

Great hike. Initial hike is a bit steep, but it levels out after the first mile.

Beautiful trail! Signs aren’t very clear, so definitely check Google maps or AllTrails at intersections.

Also note: the parking lot is small and was full, so we ended up parking a mile away. As a result we had to cut the loop short because we were running out of daylight, but it was still great.

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