Black Mountain via Rhus Ridge

HARD 33 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 difficult 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
5 hours 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.

6 days 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
9 days 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
14 days 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
1 month ago

Great scenery. Excellent hiking if you want sweating.

hiking
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trail running
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hiking
2 months 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
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