Monte Bello Black Mountain Loop

MODERATE 14 reviews

Monte Bello Black Mountain Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Los Altos, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

5.6 miles
1010 feet

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

This loop starts at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve parking lot and takes the shortest path to Black Mountain, with nice views of the area on Bella Vista Trail. The return path goes down to Stevens Creek and back up to the parking lot with Canyon Trail. Variations are possible by branching off to Stevens Creek Nature Trail and other from there (Skid Rd Trail, White Oak Trail).

10 days ago

I’ve walked this just after sunrise and just before sunset.
AM it is best to go clockwise, PM best anti-clockwise.

1 month ago

Really scenic, very beautiful and not too hard to hike (tho some parts get a little steep).

Make sure to note that the park closes 30 minutes after sunset, and the rangers will begin to give tickets after this.

6 months ago

I did counterclockwise with having a little detour to enjoy Stevens Creek Natural Trail. Indian Creek Trail has steep gradient and was challenging with almost no shade. But view from black mountain was great. There were not many shade through the loop except Stevens Creek Natural Trail. Recommend to hike in the morning and finish before noon if temperatures exceed 90F.

8 months ago

Recommend going clockwise on loop to avoid doing 100% elevation all at once.

9 months ago

Good and relatively easy workout to reach black mountain. 5 miles round trip if you reach the black mountain and come back. 6 miles if you meander around at the top for some time. Doable in 2-2.5 hrs. Open trail, hence best if completed before noon in summers.

10 months ago

I took us around 3 hours to do this loop with children (so multiple stops and small detours). No outstanding features, but pleasant views and a stream for part of the loop. A lot of wildlife these days in the preserve: we saw more than 10 deer, some wild turkeys and a coyote in the early afternoon. Also many birds, butterflies and wildflowers.

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