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This was a beautiful trail with beautiful views of the forest and a great view over the Bay Area from the top. This loop trail is a part of a bigger system of several trails, but there are clear signs at each crossroad. The first half is mostly just upwards, while the second half is downhill. We went a few days after it had been raining, so it was very very muddy and difficult to run in. I would not recommend going after it has rained, but apart from that - beautiful and well worth it.

Plenty of stunning views peering both north and south from the ridge. Highly recommend for a 10 miler and easy to add on mileage as desired.

Gradual incline, nice views at the top, clear signs to tell you where to go, nice maintained paths, Spring Ridge was not as fun for me since mostly downhill on a paved road. A bit muddy from rain the past couple days.

Beware, the direction GPS coordinates are incorrect, it led me to a commercial property behind the actual parking lot.

Nice trial, went up Spring Ridge trail and Hamm Gulch on the way back. Spring Ridge is exposed but Hamm Gulch is partly shaded. It wasn’t muddy in spite of the recent rain, so this is a great trail for winter hiking.

Very well kept trails. Not so crowded. Steep slopes at beginning of Rhus Ridge and at end of Black Mountain trails. Beautiful sceneries of trees, meadows and the Silicon Valley. Roughly about 9.5miles long 3.5hrs walk.

Very pleasant in the winter if not raining.

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.

Great hike close to town. Mix of woods and chaparral. Often see birds and bunnies. Lots of lizards on warm days. As noted, first and last sections are so lucky steep.

Hard to find parking on weekends but can park at Foothill College.

Nice trail with hills and enough shade

Great track, but the skid road trail is currently closed, so I had to improvise ;)

I love this hike. Great exercise even if you do half and just walk up to slyline and back.
My favorite time to hike is after the first rain. The smells and the trees are breathtaking.

Clockwise helps on to get the sun when climbing up, great vegetation and great views from the top!

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3 months ago

Nice loop see all kinds of wildlife bobcats mountain lions snakes. It’s shaded so nice in summer not too crowded yet.

It is a great hike during warm days. Nice balance of shade and open trails. Views at the top are incredible. If you make the hamms gulch trail (left side of loop) turn first, the incline is gradual and not steep enough ( at least for me). If you want to get straight incline on the beginning of your hike, make the turn at spring ridge trail first (right side of loop). The trail at Spring side is good for running uphill and downhill. There’s a lot of parking which I like but google maps brought me to the sequoia’s so had to turn and find the right parking lot. It is well marked in the beginning of the trail but got a little confusing at the top.

Did this hike with my dog today. Good work out, and it was pretty along the way though not the MOST interesting. The views at the top are a nice prize. Way more shade on the southern side of the loop. Probably saw 6 people the whole time.

A nice walk up and down, with great views from the top.

Always a nice hike, mostly shaded on the way up Hamm’s Gulch. (You can go back down the same way if it’s hot to stay on the mostly shaded trail.

Make sure you go to the top and do the Bald Peaks trail

Scenery: 3
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 2
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Nice covered trail

Great trail! This is our second time hiking it. The first time, we had to cut it short due to starting late and having to leave early. Today, we had all day... We started counter clock wise, so we got the steep decline at the end. Next time we’ll do it the other way. My 7 year old had no issues keeping up. Plus, it’s super dog friendly, which is huge for us!

shady and good height gain

4 months ago

Was nice, went with Fuqua Energy Club Gang for Klinkman’s bday, some pretty aggressive hills for the first half. But definitely some panoramic views. Getting there took longer than I thought because the road up was classic windy and frankly would be insanely dangerous in the dark because I didn’t see any streetlights and I did see a lot of steep drops around some intense u-corners.

Started in the parking lot - went to the right// uphill switch backs that opened up at the top to lots of wide trails towards the dam it switched back to the switchback- mostly shade. Was fun to do with Kona the trailblazer.

Great dog friendly trail!

Excellent MTB trails

Surprisingly great route for a quick run after work. Improved by returning via Saratoga Gap Trail to mix things up a little.

Beautiful and more challenging than expected on a warm day. Loved it and would do it again if I was back in the Bay Area. I completed this trail in mid-March and it wasn’t heavily trafficked at all. Watch out for issues with phone signal .... have a back up plan if you are traveling and relying on a car service to get you out.

Do the loop anticlock wise if you want to take it a little easier on your self.
Hot during summer so I would recommend doing it in wintertime.
Overall a decent trail.

We took Hamms Gulch up for a pleasant shady ascent, visited both hill tops, and took Spring Ridge back down (exposed and hot, but nice views out towards the bay for most of the way). There are still some wildflowers by Lost, Anniversary and Spring Ridge trails.

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.

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