Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail

MODERATE 86 reviews

Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Palo Alto, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

- Wear layers -The wildflowers are usually at their peak in late March/early April -Large portions of the track are entirely exposed; on a sunny day it can get very hot - On the descent along the ridge, check out the views of Stanford University's Hoover Tower 7.5 miles to the north, and Moffett Field 9 miles northeast -Bikes and horses are allowed during certain seasons, please see signs for up to date information.

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2 months ago

great views

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2 months ago

Trail was nice. But, you must know the is no such trail as the Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail. What All Trails calls the Monte Bello Preserve Loop Trail, is really a mix of 6 or 7 trails pieced together. It breaks down as such.

first you start on the White Oak Trail this leads you to the Skid Road Trail then to Stevens Creek Nature Trail then to Canyon Trail then to Indian Creek Trail. here you break off and go to Black Mountain. Sit here have lunch and enjoys the views. The hard part of the hike is over. Turn around head down towards Old Rach Trail then to Bella Vista Trail then to Canyon Trail then to stating / ending parking lot. That's to loop.... would be better if All Trails actually listed these things properly.

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3 months ago

4 months ago

The trail was great but it was so poorly marked that my fellow hiker and I ended up going 4 miles in the wrong direction and it went from a short planned 3 mile hike to a total of 7 miles really quick! The nature and wildlife is a 10/10, beautiful stream that runs through the trail, a bonanza of butterflies and lizards but it's hard to enjoy it when you can get lost so easily! Not for beginning hikers at all. Definitely need to be an experienced hiker for this one.

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mountain biking
5 months ago

Done on a very hot day. Still love it. Although I admit I walked part of the climbing to Black Mountain (The Indian trail).
Very nice and great views. I'll defenatelty come back.

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