Black Mountain via Rhus Ridge

MODERATE 44 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
2404 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.

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1 month 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.

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2 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.

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3 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).

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3 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.

3 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.

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4 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.

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4 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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5 months ago

Great scenery. Excellent hiking if you want sweating.