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

hiking
19 days ago

Lots of sunny areas. Wasn't too hot today but could be on other days.

glad this was preserved. open land pretty close to the road but still deer, rabbits and other wildlife. even a small 4 site campground. A nice bit of Nature so close to the urban area.

great views. minimum 4 ltrs water. no cellphone signal. must have poles. you need a day to chillax after it. overall, lovely and tough.

Nice trail. Saw lots of birds and a beautiful rainbow!

hiking
3 months ago

First half is flat, second half is steeper. Not too much traffic (although it was raining when I went). Did it in 2ish hours but I ran part of the way.

My dog and I had a lovely stroll! Nice on a cold day because there are a lot of sunny spots!

Gorgeous variation in ecosystems and a touch climb up Black Mountain. Great workout and the perfect length for a morning or afternoon hike!

Convenient to drive to, but a small parking lot. A nice weekend morning destination with all exposed trails for when you need some sun light. However, trails were not marked most of the time, so it was confusing to choose a way at the forks.

great beautiful kids friendly hike.

Nice trail for biking or hiking. Relatively flat. Dog friendly

Enjoyed this hike.

Bad trail marks, virtually all out in the open so no shade, too many animals and bikers. It should more accurately be called easy not moderate

Beautiful trail too enjoy quality time with your best friend 

hiking
8 months ago

Great open trail with lots of different routes. Wild animals (coyotes and bobcats) roam the area so DO NOT let your dog offleash.

Beautiful grassy hills, great for jogging, slightly hilly, must be even nicer when it is green

great views

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike with 2 streams (same stream 2 crossing points). Shaded on most parts and last mile of uphill had me huffing and puffing. Had it not been for the streams I'm not sure I'd do it again as there weren't spectacular views at the top of table top. Parking is right next to the trail head.

Exposed trail with nice combination of elevation changes. Good for cool weather running.

Pro, outside. Stellar bathrooms for public park. Not that crowded. Con, not all that scenic/trees and covered the entire map in two hours. There's not a lot of trail distance. Nice little pond.

Mature redwood and douglas fir trees provide excellent shade cover in this beautiful hike that involves two creek crossings (no bridge). Ideally done in late spring - fall (before rainy season), be prepared for trail closures after good rains when the creek flows in force. With 2100 feet elev gain, this is an excellent workout too.

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hiking
11 months ago

Very short trail segment off of the main trail, but leads to a secluded beautiful lake view.

11 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.

Great loop. Keep an eye out for horseback riders. Parking fills up fast on the weekends.

mountain biking
Monday, June 19, 2017

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.

Varied and very nice bay leafs smell. Beautiful creek.

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