Looking for a great trail in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, wildlife trails, dogs no 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 5 moderate trails in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve ranging from 2.9 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!



no dogs


Hours: half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset

no shade
12 days ago

13 days ago

New bridge. Trail is mostly shady except for first and last ~0.3 miles which is exposed. Came across several mountain bikers. Bring your bug spray.

The start and end of the trail were very nice, easy terrain with a pretty view and an old Apple orchard. Tons of wild turkey and birds of prey along the hike. However, it was extremely muddy and steep toward the middle. Some closed areas. I hiked end of April and passed only two other people. The map for this trail was not very accurate in the wooded area and hard to tell when I was splitting to another trail. I got a bit turned around twice. You follow a creek a majority of the trail which was pretty and sounded nice. Took me about 2-2.5 hours to do the whole loop.

6 months ago

The Indian trail was beautiful and nice & cool with a fair amount of elevation change. The first half of the hike was disappointing though. Little elevation change and very, very crowded, boy scouts and people on bikes everywhere. The mountain bikers will try to run you off of the trail where it is narrow, so beware. A few trees were on the trail, but nothing major. We did see a coyote which was cool though!

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.

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

11 months ago

Beautiful trail, although part of it in the middle was under construction and we had to go back. There were other trails also worth to see. Free parking, lots of deers :)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

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.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Excellent MTB trails

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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.

The loop posted as-is is definitely not 22 miles. I think it would come in around 10/11 miles, so not sure what happened there. However, it goes through some beautiful and less trafficked areas and there a plenty of options to extend the loop, specifically into Upper Stevens Creek. On further investigation, I realized that the mileage reported is for TWO loops. So one loop is 11 miles.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My first official hike happened here the first week I move to CA...aka...first week of June. It was challenging, but that's because I was/am inexperienced. My friends were experienced and even they enjoyed it and found some challenges. It has beautiful views and it was an amazing adventure that I would definitely repeat.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

First half is flat, second half is steeper. Not too much traffic (although it was raining when I went). Did it in 2ish hours but I ran part of the way.

I’ve walked this just after sunrise and just before sunset. AM it is best to go clockwise, PM best anti-clockwise.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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

Monday, January 29, 2018

Really scenic, very beautiful and not too hard to hike (tho some parts get a little steep). Make sure to note that the park closes 30 minutes after sunset, and the rangers will begin to give tickets after this.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Enjoyed this hike.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

great views

Monday, September 25, 2017

Trail was nice. But, you must know the is no such trail as the Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail. What All Trails calls the Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail, is really a mix of 6 or 7 trails pieced together. It breaks down as such. first you start on the White Oak Trail this leads you to the Skid Road Trail then to Stevens Creek Nature Trail then to Canyon Trail then to Indian Creek Trail. here you break off and go to Black Mountain. Sit here have lunch and enjoys the views. The hard part of the hike is over. Turn around head down towards Old Rach Trail then to Bella Vista Trail then to Canyon Trail then to stating / ending parking lot. That's to loop.... would be better if All Trails actually listed these things properly.

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