Done on a very hot day. Still love it. Although I admit I walked part of the climbing to Black Mountain (The Indian trail).
Very nice and great views. I'll defenatelty come back.

Varied and very nice bay leafs smell. Beautiful creek.

Good and relatively easy workout to reach black mountain. 5 miles round trip if you reach the black mountain and come back. 6 miles if you meander around at the top for some time. Doable in 2-2.5 hrs. Open trail, hence best if completed before noon in summers.

I took us around 3 hours to do this loop with children (so multiple stops and small detours). No outstanding features, but pleasant views and a stream for part of the loop. A lot of wildlife these days in the preserve: we saw more than 10 deer, some wild turkeys and a coyote in the early afternoon. Also many birds, butterflies and wildflowers.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful rolling hills with views from Santa Cruz to the Bay. Best time to go is in the spring when the wild flowers are blooming or in the Fall were you can see a lot of wildlife (deer, quail, turkey, etc)

Other Activities: Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking

Great views, beautiful oak trees, lots of running little streams along the way, and deer around every corner. Loved the hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Such a pretty hike. Mixed use. The assents were rough for me a part of the trail had washed away but this was clearly marked. Unbeatable views.