19 days ago

Walked this one in late May and the creek was quite full (it was a rainy winter). The second part through Elephant mountain is definitely less interesting.

Nice one. If you plan on doing the loop, all of it, it is very diverse. Tight paths, steep ones, flowers, waterfalls...
Medium hard...but relaxing.
Get your maps or apps because the signs along the way are pathetic.

Beautiful trail. Nice wildflowers. Didn't see mountain lion.

This hike is hard, rather than moderate, mainly due to the steep, long, climb to Black Mountain. On a clear day the Bay views are fantastic.

2 months ago

2 months ago

The 1st mile is straight up which was challenging. Then you get to a lovely meadow and have a lot of options. There are lovely wildflowers, and I didn't see any wildlife but there were signs posted about recent mountain lion sightings that advise people not to hike alone. It was nice and shady, and good for a hot day. I'll definitely go again.

Small parking lot, with overflow parking about 0.4 mi away at Foothill college. The initial 0.9 miles is a steep incline. When you turn off towards Hidden Villa after 0.4 miles, you make your way down again to the creek. With all of the rain right now, it is a very relaxing trail along the creek, until you head up Ewing Hill, and then make your way back. When it is hot outside, portions are under direct sun and can be pretty hot.