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Best trails in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

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Looking for a great trail in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve ranging from 2.8 to 10.9 miles and from 2,204 to 2,814 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Hours: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset

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Map of trails in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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3,436 acres
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Monte Bello Preserve Loop
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
NOTE: Bikes are not allowed on this trail, Stevens Creek Nature Trail is only open to hiking. Monte Bello Preserve Loop is a moderate to difficult loop through Monte Bello Open Space Preserve and a portion of Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve as it summits Black Mountain. The well-maintained route offers beautiful rolling hills, spectacular views from Santa Cruz to the Bay and a number of wildlife and wildflower viewing opportunities, especially in late March and early April.. There is limited shade on the ascent but plenty of tree cover on the way down. There is no drinkable water so bring plenty of liquids and a snack or lunch for the top of Black Mountain. Dogs are not allowed on this route so keep them at home. This route is also popular with mountain bikers. Start at the parking lot on Page Mill Road across from the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve and head out on the White Oak Trail until you reach the Skid Row Trail. Follow this on to the Stevens Creek Nature Trail and then Canyon Trail. When you hit the fork, head left on the Indian Creek Trail until it merges with Monte Bello Road Trail and continue on this up to the summit of Black Mountain. It’s a bit of a scramble but worth the climb. Head back down the same way and then take a right on Old Ranch Trail. Follow this and continue on Bella Vista Trail, Canyon Trail and Stevens Creek Nature Trail back to the parking lot. Show more
#2 - Monte Bello Black Mountain Loop
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
This loop starts at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve parking lot and takes the shortest path to Black Mountain, with nice views of the area on Bella Vista Trail. The return path goes down to Stevens Creek and back up to the parking lot with Canyon Trail. Variations are possible by branching off to Stevens Creek Nature Trail and other from there (Skid Rd Trail, White Oak Trail).Show more
#3 - Black Mountain via Old Ranch, Bella Vista and Canyon Trail
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
#4 - Stevens Creek Nature Trail Loop
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#5 - Stevens Creek Nature Trail to White Oak Trail Loop
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#6 - Loop Through Monte Bello, Skyline Ridge, Russian Ridge, and Coal Creek
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 43 m
This hike passes through 4 different Mid-peninsula open space preserves. Monte Bello, Skyline Ridge, Russian Ridge, and Coal Creek. Along the way you will get some of the best long range views available on the peninsula. Begining in Monte Bello, you hike the easy route to the summit of Black Mountain via the Canyon and Bella Vista Trails. If the weather is clear enough, from the summit you can see north to San Francisco and Oakland, east to the Diablo range, South to San Jose, and west to the ocean. Using Indian Creek Trail you descend back down to Steven's Creek and pick up Skid Road to bring you back up to highway 35 and cross over into Skyline Ridge. The Ridge Trail provides great views across the vast conifer habitat to the west. You can spend some time enjoying Alpine Pond and the David C. Danials Nature Center before crossing Alpine Road into Russian Ridge. More really nice panoramic views are waiting atop Borel Hill. You can then hike down to the highway again, and cross over into Coal Creek at Cloud's Rest drive which will provide a return route back to the Monte Bello parking area.Show more
#7 - Water Wheel Trail to Black Mountain
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
#8 - Canyon Trail, Indian Creek, Black Mountain
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 16.8 mi
#9 - Waterwheel Trail
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m