Black Mountain via Rhus Ridge

MODERATE 80 reviews

Black Mountain via Rhus Ridge is a 9.2 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
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,506 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Starting at the little-known Rhus Ridge parking lot, you can enjoy a healthy workout and a grand panoramic view of Silicon Valley.

hiking
3 months ago

An amazing trail, but not recommended for new hikers based on the elevation gain. Make sure you hike all the way up and take a left on Montebello Road to get to the rocky area. Enjoy :)

3 months ago

Very good hike heights, love it

hiking
3 months ago

The Black Mountain peak was closed - thank you Mr and Mrs Lions - but it was still a great outdoors to take Rhus Ridge to Black Mountain Trail to Rogue Valley Trail all the way to San Antonio and back. About 12 miles out and back with small amount of elevation change leading to under 20 minute pace (and walk by Deer Hollow Park). Start early.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent hike, to the top of Black Mountain about 12 miles..steep at some points, very good workout to get ur endurance up...well worth it to reach the top, the view is amazing.

hiking
5 months ago

I'm visiting from WA, and decided to check out this trail today.

Trail is super well-maintained, and there are pretty cool views of Silicon Valley and Black Mountain (and some surrounding ridges) along the way. The end of Black Mountain Trail (a radio tower) doesn't have amazing views, but it's a great hike overall. The hike itself starts out a bit steep, but becomes a gradual climb and is quite steady in its climb until the very end, where it's steep again.

Made it to the top in about 1:45. I didn't drive there (took a Lyft), but the parking lot was completely full by the time I descended.

6 months ago

new years day hike

hiking
8 months ago

This is not a really hard trail. Trails from hidden village to Black Mountain are marked as moderate and easy in AllTrails.com. Only a few parts of the trail is steep and the remaining is moderate. There are several local runners train on this trail. I and my friend finish in 3 hour and 15 minutes without running. If the weather is clean, you can see SF from the trail near to summit.

hiking
9 months ago

Did this hike 9-24-17. The path is mostly shaded with oaks, fragrant bays, and a few Madrones. The trail gains the elevation, but is evenly graded, with few steps or rocky areas. The views are great in sections along the trail, of the South Bay, and even SF and Oakland in the distance. The view at the very top was not as great as I was hoping for.

Parking was limited, I was lucky someone was leaving when I got there. No water and no bathrooms, so be prepared.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, if you are looking for a workout. Nice views of the valley, the trail is a combination of shaded and exposed to sun. Parking lot is small, and does not have water fountains or bathrooms, better bring your own water.
Can be completed in one afternoon: back and forth took me 3:30 (I am moderately fit).

hiking
11 months ago

Trail is well maintained and is steadily paced, but views along the way and at the top aren't amazing. It was a great workout but I probably wouldn't do it again.

11 months ago

Aim for 2.5-3 hours to hike up and 1.5-2 hours to come back down. That means start early morning because it can get pretty hot. It's strenuous, it's not crowded and it's worth it. First and last mile are the ones to save energy for.

hiking
11 months ago

A nice route if you feel like a stiff climb. The first mile and last mile are especially fun. And all uphill, so if you get aggressive and push too hard, you can just turn around and coast back down.

hiking
11 months ago

A rigorous workout with more than 2500 feet elev gain awaits those attempting to scale Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge trail head. On top of being a steady climb, the last mile or so is particularly strenuous.

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hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great scenery. Excellent hiking if you want sweating.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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.

trail running
Sunday, February 26, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

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
Saturday, November 26, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

This is a long, fun hike, though would not recommend it on warmer days. It was a pretty steep start and lasted for about a mile, till we hit the black mountain trail. The black mountain trail is mostly flat with a few ups and downs and is around 3.9 miles. The last section is pretty steep and mostly exposed. Lots of fence lizards on the trail and in parts some dried wildflowers. All in all a strenuous but fun hike!

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