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Black Mountain loop via Stevens Creek

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 4.2 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop takes you from shady Stevens Creek canyon to the wide-open summit of Black Mountain


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5.9

Miles

9.5

KM

Loop

2,806' 855 m

High

1,729' 527 m

Low

1,209' 368 m

Up

1,208' 368 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This loop hike shows off the best of Monte Bello Open Space - from the cool, shady evergreen forests of Stevens Creek to the sunny, wind-swept summit of Black Mountain.

Description

From the big, unpaved parking lot, take the Stevens Creek Nature Trail south through the grasslands. At the first junction, turn right and head downhill toward the forests along Stevens Creek.

After a mile or so, the trail climbs again and ends at the Canyon Trail. Turn right and take the Canyon Trail to the intersection with the Indian Creek Trail. Take the Indian Creek Trail uphill toward Black Mountain. The landscape gets more open and you're treated to some awesome views of the Stevens Creek valley. When you get to Monte Bello Road, turn right and continue on about a half mile to a short spur trail that leads to the summit.

After enjoying the views from the summit, head back on Monte Bello Road, but instead of turning on the Indian Creek Trail, stay straight, hiking past the Black Mount trail camp. At the intersection with the Bella Vista Trail, take the Bella Vista Trail downhill. As its name implies, this trail, too, has some great views. After a steep descent, the Bella Vista Trail joins the Canyon Trail, which you can follow back to the Stevens Creek Nature Trail and the parking lot.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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  4.2 from 13 votes

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Photos

Deer feeding in the fields above the Bella Vista Trail.
Dec 31, 2020 near Los Alt…, CA
Enjoy a great view down the Stevens Creek Watershed from the Stevens Creek Nature Trail.
Feb 19, 2017 near La Honda, CA
The view from the western side of Black Mountain
Oct 5, 2017 near Los Alt…, CA
Deer feed on the hillside at the intersection of the Bella Vista, Old Ranch and Monte Bello Road Trails.
Dec 31, 2020 near Los Alt…, CA
The Bella Vista Trail in the early evening as the sun starts to set.
Dec 31, 2020 near Los Alt…, CA
Enjoy a panoramic view from the summit of Black Mountain.
Feb 19, 2017 near Los Alt…, CA

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Dec 6, 2020
Michael Kolupaev
2h 30m
Aug 29, 2020
DARSHAN SOMASHEKHAR
11h 00m
Feb 1, 2020
Cédric Vidal
2h 00m
Aug 8, 2019
Anthony Miyaguchi
6mi — 1h 30m
Jul 20, 2019
Beau Trivers
Beautiful walk this morning, directions and signs are easily worked, thank you!
Apr 27, 2019
Akhil Singhvi
Apr 13, 2019
Thuy Pham
Jan 21, 2019
Ethan Henry
6.5mi