Black Mountain via Rhus Ridge

MODERATE 24 reviews

Black Mountain via Rhus Ridge is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Los Altos, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

DISTANCE
9.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2559 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Towering over Silicon Valley, waaaay back to the rear of Rancho San Antonio, lies 2812' Black Mountain. Starting at the little-known Rhus Ridge parking lot, you can enjoy a healthy workout and a grand panoramic view of Silicon Valley.

hiking
6 days ago

12 days ago

trail running
13 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Nice trail with half decent views (in spring) and a couple of challenging sections. Be wary of parking (or the lack of it). Parking at the trailhead is limited so we ended up parking near Foothills College, making it a 12 mile hike instead of 10.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
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trail running
3 months ago

Met several runners going up or down. A little chilly - lots of shade - but nice climb with both steep sections where you need to walk and gentle slopes where you can keep on running.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

It was ok, not great. About 10 miles, with elevation mostly in the beginning and the end. Total of 2500 feet elevation gain. The views were nice, but the end of the trail was sort of sad. Ended up near a road. Was wet/muddy at places, but not too bad. Spotted some nice birds and rabbits, otherwise not much wildlife anywhere else.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Trail is near to North San Jose. There are 2-3 trails connecting to same peak, the one we did was via Rhus Ridge. Total distance: 9.8 miles, Time taken: 3.5 hours.
About the trail path: Starting mile is elevated by 30 to 35 degree up, following 2 miles is slightly flat, but further again there's uprise by 20-30 degree, overall that makes it a hard trail. Across the trail there's of-course lush green view of trees, and at the peak there is a tiny camp ground, 4-5 sites, didn't camp though.