Hike in Monte Bello Preserve


Hike Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stevens Creek

Italian for “Beautiful Mountain”, Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is a place of rolling grasslands, dense creekside forests, and spectacular vistas.

features

    • Black Mountain summit
    • Creekside woodland
    • Grasslands
    • Panoramic views
    • Sag Pond

ABOUT THE HIKE

  1. Parking LotMonte Bello Open Space Preserve Parking Lot [37.325820, -122.178708]. No cellular reception inside the preserve.
  2. Parking Fee: None
  3. Restroom:
    a. Next to the parking lot/trailhead (‘A’ in the route below)
    b. Backpack Camp (‘F’ in the route below)
  4. Trailhead: Next to the parking lot
  5. Route (anti-clockwise):
    • Trailhead (A)
    • Stevens Creek Nature Trail (B)
    • Left at the T-junction –> Canyon Trail (C)
    • U-Turn on Canyon Trail –> Bella Vista Trail (D)
    • Old Ranch Trail (E)
    • Signs for “To Backpack Camp” (F) — lunch and restroom break
    • Turn right on Backpack Camp road
    • Left at the T-junction –> Indian Creek Trail (G)
    • Monte Bello Rd (H)
    • Black Mountain summit (I) — turnaround point
    • Monte Bello Rd (J) — repeat of a part of ‘H’
    • Bella Vista Trail (K) — repeat of ‘D’
    • Canyon Trail (L)
    • Stevens Creek Nature Trail (M) — repeat of a part of ‘B’
  6. Route Map:
  7. Distance: 6.5 miles
  8. Time: 5 hours (Should typically take 3.5 hours but we took longer to finish the loop on account of an unwell participant)
  9. Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
  10. Exposure: Equal parts exposed and shaded
  11. Company: Docents Judy Sencenbaugh and Marie-Anne Neimat. (MROSD’s Docent-led Activity: Spring Into Summer). In all, 4 people.

ten photos from the hike

A) Trailhead Next to the Parking Lot

Trailhead (A) Next to the Parking Lot

Stevens Creek Nature Trail (B)

Stevens Creek Nature Trail (B)

Stevens Creek Nature Trail (B)

Stevens Creek Nature Trail (B)

Canyon Trail (C)

Canyon Trail (C)

View from the Bella Vista Trail (D)

View from the Bella Vista Trail (D)

'Skyline Ranch Christmas Tree Farm' Visible Here at the Far End

‘Skyline Ranch Christmas Tree Farm’ Visible Here at the Far End

Backpack Camp

Backpack Camp

Black Mountain Top Radio Tower

Black Mountain Top Radio Tower

I) At the Black Mountain Summit

Black Mountain Summit (I)

'Sag Pond' on the Canyon Trail (L)

‘Sag Pond’ on the Canyon Trail (L)

Interpretive signs along the trails:

Some of the plants spotted in the preserve:

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