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

Been on the hike to Black Mtn many times but especially love going in the late fall or early spring when the temps are cooler. I've never heard of a Monte Bello "Loop" before and you won't find signage in the preserve that says that. Its a series of trails; be sure to grab a map. The landscape is beautiful here and weather often different from the valley. From parking, we usually take the Bella Vista Trail to the Backpack Camp and then follow the old Ranch Trail - it lets you out onto the road just shy of the top. We often lunch on the rocks at the top of the mountain (Calera Limestone) after checking for rattlers first. The return via Indian Creek Trail is GORGEOUS, especially in spring, but also rocky, steep & open exposure - luckily we were prepared for the brief rain we got today. When we junction with the Canyon Trail that leads back to parking, we've come so far down the hill that its a sustained climb back up - not always fun at the end of a long hike. If this return trails sound too challenging, suggest taking Bella Vista back down.

Great hike close to town. Mix of woods and chaparral. Often see birds and bunnies. Lots of lizards on warm days. As noted, first and last sections are so lucky steep.

Hard to find parking on weekends but can park at Foothill College.

1 month ago

Was nice, went with Fuqua Energy Club Gang for Klinkman’s bday, some pretty aggressive hills for the first half. But definitely some panoramic views. Getting there took longer than I thought because the road up was classic windy and frankly would be insanely dangerous in the dark because I didn’t see any streetlights and I did see a lot of steep drops around some intense u-corners.

hiking
2 months ago

Parked at Foothill College and hiked into Rhus Ridge. This adds about a mile each way, if you can't get parking at the trail head, and if the meter is working, there's a $3 parking fee.

Excellent MTB trails

A little buggy, but overall a nice and relaxing hike

trail running
3 months ago

Great after work run, mostly shaded but with some good vantage points over the Bay on the way up. The summit isn’t overwhelming but on a clear day you’d be able to see the Pacific but the remaining 364 days of the year you’ll at least be able to enjoy a cloud inversion over the coast.

First 2km and the final 2km before the summit are the most difficult.

My first official hike happened here the first week I move to CA...aka...first week of June. It was challenging, but that's because I was/am inexperienced. My friends were experienced and even they enjoyed it and found some challenges. It has beautiful views and it was an amazing adventure that I would definitely repeat.

hiking
4 months ago

The old Spanish trail becomes non-dog friendly about half way down the right side of the loop, had to turn back. Lots of mountain bikes going pretty fast on alpine road which made hiking with a dog on the narrow trails less than ideal. A couple of nice vistas.

Good amount of shade and sun- a climate for everyone! Nice steady incline up and careful footing on the way back down. Did it wearing a baby, and gave me a nice challenge while staying upright.

hiking
6 months ago

An amazing trail, but not recommended for new hikers based on the elevation gain. Make sure you hike all the way up and take a left on Montebello Road to get to the rocky area. Enjoy :)

Very good hike heights, love it

The Black Mountain peak was closed - thank you Mr and Mrs Lions - but it was still a great outdoors to take Rhus Ridge to Black Mountain Trail to Rogue Valley Trail all the way to San Antonio and back. About 12 miles out and back with small amount of elevation change leading to under 20 minute pace (and walk by Deer Hollow Park). Start early.

As long as you don"t bother about loud motorcyclists and the fact that the trail is all the way near HWY 9 OR 35 you can enjoy the 4.7 miles loop.

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

Excellent hike, to the top of Black Mountain about 12 miles..steep at some points, very good workout to get ur endurance up...well worth it to reach the top, the view is amazing.

I'm visiting from WA, and decided to check out this trail today.

Trail is super well-maintained, and there are pretty cool views of Silicon Valley and Black Mountain (and some surrounding ridges) along the way. The end of Black Mountain Trail (a radio tower) doesn't have amazing views, but it's a great hike overall. The hike itself starts out a bit steep, but becomes a gradual climb and is quite steady in its climb until the very end, where it's steep again.

Made it to the top in about 1:45. I didn't drive there (took a Lyft), but the parking lot was completely full by the time I descended.

Lovely views. Road noise can be
Loud at times

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.

on Coal Creek Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike..nice views...if you have a dog-comb them for ticks afterwards..not too many, but be cautious..

new years day hike

10 months ago

Hiked up 12/31/17. Parking lot is small. Pleasantly cool around 4pm. Steady incline for the entire 0.9 mile. Views are nice but blocked by trees. Mary Davey Loop trail at the top is a nice mostly level 0.6 mile warm down loop.

great walk but at the end we saw the sign saying no dogs! so maybe remove the dog friendly tag.

hiking
10 months ago

A little steep. not a lot to see. might be better views if walking further.

hiking
Sunday, November 05, 2017

This is not a really hard trail. Trails from hidden village to Black Mountain are marked as moderate and easy in AllTrails.com. Only a few parts of the trail is steep and the remaining is moderate. There are several local runners train on this trail. I and my friend finish in 3 hour and 15 minutes without running. If the weather is clean, you can see SF from the trail near to summit.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

Did this hike 9-24-17. The path is mostly shaded with oaks, fragrant bays, and a few Madrones. The trail gains the elevation, but is evenly graded, with few steps or rocky areas. The views are great in sections along the trail, of the South Bay, and even SF and Oakland in the distance. The view at the very top was not as great as I was hoping for.

Parking was limited, I was lucky someone was leaving when I got there. No water and no bathrooms, so be prepared.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Great hike, if you are looking for a workout. Nice views of the valley, the trail is a combination of shaded and exposed to sun. Parking lot is small, and does not have water fountains or bathrooms, better bring your own water.
Can be completed in one afternoon: back and forth took me 3:30 (I am moderately fit).

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