DISTANCE
15.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,192 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
6 days ago

good tough hike.started late - around 730 and the weather was quite humid in the early part. it was quite draining and by the time we hit the black mountain trail it became really tough. on a spring or winter day would have be a good hike.
went counterclockwise and that was better since the PGE trail is attracts heavy traffic in mornings. there is a lot of parking but they all get filled up by 7. so plan on street parking and adding another 1.5 miles of hike. the PGE trail is a long fire road and for serious hikers will not be enjoyable with the constant hum of the transmission line. Not on my top 10 list of bay area hikes but will return some time in winter or spring