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The loop posted as-is is definitely not 22 miles. I think it would come in around 10/11 miles, so not sure what happened there. However, it goes through some beautiful and less trafficked areas and there a plenty of options to extend the loop, specifically into Upper Stevens Creek.

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.

trail running
2 months ago

Pretty hard uphill. And down hill is not easy on the knees either. Great view and quiet.

Gorgeous trail. Streep incline and good workout. Nice views. Very limited parking.

hiking
3 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.

Great hike! Beautiful scenery, especially on the way back up!!It feels like I was hiking around the hill. There is some sun but most of the trail is shady. First mile is straight up which is hard but it flattens out and descends which is okay. At the bottom is a small area to hang out/picnic/community garden. There is also a barn which has sheeps and goats which are fun to see. Trail is not marked well!! Can be cold during the winter at the top! Small parking lot of about 10 cars total. I found a spot on a non holiday weekend Sunday at around 1130am, otherwise find parking in the neighborhood.

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.

new years day hike

Great hike. Initial hike is a bit steep, but it levels out after the first mile.

Beautiful trail! Signs aren’t very clear, so definitely check Google maps or AllTrails at intersections.

Also note: the parking lot is small and was full, so we ended up parking a mile away. As a result we had to cut the loop short because we were running out of daylight, but it was still great.

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.

Trail head easy to find - start of the hike goes up and up - backside of the hike was really nice fall hike - i would come back again

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.

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.

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).

Trail is well maintained and is steadily paced, but views along the way and at the top aren't amazing. It was a great workout but I probably wouldn't do it again.

Aim for 2.5-3 hours to hike up and 1.5-2 hours to come back down. That means start early morning because it can get pretty hot. It's strenuous, it's not crowded and it's worth it. First and last mile are the ones to save energy for.

A nice route if you feel like a stiff climb. The first mile and last mile are especially fun. And all uphill, so if you get aggressive and push too hard, you can just turn around and coast back down.

A rigorous workout with more than 2500 feet elev gain awaits those attempting to scale Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge trail head. On top of being a steady climb, the last mile or so is particularly strenuous.

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hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great scenery. Excellent hiking if you want sweating.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

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