Explore the most popular trails near Los Altos Hills with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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2 months ago

Trail was a bit narrow with loose dirt at spots. Otherwise, a nice hike.

Great trail but this is not a place to bring your dog as the trail prohibits dogs explicitly and I found out the hard way (a $300 fine)

Lot of shade on the way and good views as well.

Mostly covered. The back half of the trail is currently closed but you can cut down the fire trail and still do a loop so you don’t need to double back.

First mile very strenuous. Highly recommend the Black mountain trail off of Rhus Ridge

Its NOT dog friendly, as described. We arrived and had to take alternate trails. Los Trancos is specifically no-dog.

Good climb. Views aren’t stunning, but beautiful enough

River + amazing views + farm animals = great adventure

11 months ago

Good elevation gain to start. Down hill is moderate and easy on the knees. The final section is along a creek. Look for banana slugs!!

11 months ago

Minus one star for $10 parking fees. But other than that, an easy and lightly trafficked hike.
We did hostel trail to creek trail looping up toyon hill and back to hostel trail.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

No place to park unless you want to pay $10. Not worth it for a 2 mule hike. Try nearby Arastradero Preserve instead.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

We started at the creek trail (not hostel) that goes along the creek where I saw families with kids playing the water. This part of the trail has a lot of shade and beautiful trees. The elevation gains steadily at beginning and then really picks up. Once at the top, there are signs to head to Black Mountain, also the trail section with no shade. We continued up and past the sign until we found the Hostel Trail (this took us a while as we were confused as to whether we were headed to Black Mountain instead, however there are definite signs for hostel trail once at the cross road). It was mostly downhill from there and we pretty much ran most of the trail till bottom. We also saw beautiful views of the valley in distance. This trail gave us a great workout!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Could not find free parking.

Friday, June 16, 2017

I was able to do the beginning of this trail but the meat of it is closed due to the storms this past winter. The trail is completely gone and not walkable anymore.

But there are plenty of other hikes in this park, lots and lots of trails. As the other reviewer pointed out you are supposed to be a Palo Alto resident to use this area but there's nobody at the gate during the week.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Walked this one in late May and the creek was quite full (it was a rainy winter). The second part through Elephant mountain is definitely less interesting.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This hike is hard, rather than moderate, mainly due to the steep, long, climb to Black Mountain. On a clear day the Bay views are fantastic.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Apparently you have to be a resident of Palo Alto to hike here. lame

Monday, March 20, 2017

harder than I thought. Not too long, but it's not easy for my dad. We did it anyway.

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