Looking for a great trail near Los Altos, California? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Fort Funston, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Heritage Oaks Park or Shoup Park. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Los Altos ranging from 1.7 to 10.9 miles and from 370 to 2,814 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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2 days ago

would recommend sunny jim trail to alpine pond and ipiwa trail on the way back to the parking lot

two sections of up and down, cute farm in the middle part of trial, mostly with shades, light traffic on Sunday morning

Clockwise with the long approach up Indian Creek Trail is the way to do it if you like to get your climbing out of the way at the start of a hike. Lots of lovely views and I saw a small gopher snake

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7 days ago

I like this trail but it shouldn't be marked as easy because the half mile up hostel trail is enough of a climb to be moderate and require a level of fitness.

Beautiful hike. Would do again. A couple of parts were a little narrow so it might not be ideal for a big party but otherwise it’s my new preferred 10 mile+ hike in this area.

This is a great hike. It was not easy. Lol. I’m old.

The trailhead is in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, not Hidden Villa (which is privately owned), so there is no fee to park. Parking lot is small; I counted 12 cars squeezed in at 11 am on a Saturday. As others have said, this trail is longer than 6.3 miles. I shortened it slightly (see photos) by taking Toyon Trail and Pipeline Trail. In total my hike was 6.33 miles. The trails in Hidden Villa portion of hike are narrower and a little overgrown. It was a beautiful combination of shaded, exposed, trees, and views. I’m not sure why All Trails says this is heavily trafficked. For the middle 4 miles I saw zero other people. For the mile nearer to the trailhead, I saw a handful of other people.

On a Saturday afternoon there was ample free parking. We went anti-clockwise and it was a nice, well-marked, well-shaded, narrow trail. There are quite a few rocky areas so take caution. At about the halfway point you will go through a grassy area, with long overgrown grasses hitting your legs as you go through. We did a tick check immediately past that section and found one little bugger before it latched on. We added on for more mileage so connected to Skyline trail out and back in lieu of running the same loop twice. It’s nice to have options like that out there.

Was going to hike Russian Ridge ~4pm, but the fog was rolling in so heavy that it was spitting out with little visibility. Decided to try a hike on the other side of skyline ridge that would be more protected from the fog, and that is how I ended up at Monte Bello. What a nice surprise! Did counterclockwise. All the 1100 feet of elevation was done in one chunk. (If you go clockwise, your elevation climbs will be divided into two (around the start and towards the end.) Wide trail down and up Indian Creek to Black Mountain lookout. Even the narrower part back is very well maintained. Not overgrown. Nice views. Pretty rolling hills. I went when it was 60 degrees and the fog was trying to make it over the ridge. Would be a hot hike if hot out. Hike is exposed generally.

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bugs
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24 days ago

$10 parking fee. we saw a large rattlesnake just off the trail near the creek. very beautiful, though!

Well maintained trail. The hike out and back to the Black Mountain peak (if you can call it a peak) takes 3 to 4.5 hours from Rhus Ridge parking lot depending on your fitness level. It is heavily used on weekends, and not so bad on weekdays. If it ever fills, trail is also accessible from Hidden Villa lot up Moody Road a bit. On a decent air quality day you’ll have views of both downtown San Francisco and San Jose and the new Apple and Google headquarters right below. On a weekday one cant help but have a little chuckle at all the smart hard working people plugging away in the buildings down below as you hike among the live oaks, fragrant bay trees, gorgeous madrones and manzanita. Wonderful hike.

Loved the hike. it was informative, with information posts about the San Andreas fault, and how the area has changed over time. We took this hike in mid September. No flowers, lot of tiny gnats. We saw a lot of poison oak. mostly dappled shade, and the forest was quite pretty.

nice small up and down trail, almost completely in shades. has a couple good lookout for forest in cloud, a bikers on the day

cool place. hard to follow trails. lots of animals

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bridge out
no shade
1 month ago

Short, flat, pretty, and along the creek! The farm is lots of fun. $10 to park and support the farm. Bugs in the face on the trail are unavoidable with the hot weather...

Fairly strenuous getting up the hill along a one-lane dirt road, then a nice short little loop at the top. You get some decent views of the Bay, and from the memorial a good view of Black Mountain, which is to say some trees on a slope. Not the best place to see wildlife or anything, but a quick way to get 750' of elevation gain if a Stairmaster is too boring.

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bugs
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Lots of small flies near the creek. Part of the trail doesn’t have shade so it’s very hot during summer noon time. The view at the top and the small creek are nice !

Overall good. I think it's actually more than 2.5 miles but not too difficult. Plenty of shade but bug spray highly recommended.

Really enjoyed the trail! Great walk after work and it’s a perfect combination of various views and evaluations - not intense but definitely a good amount of workout in couple hours.

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