Hikers in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve / photo by Lanette Otvos

Hike to Black Mountain

June 3, 2023
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Monte Bello Preserve
Approximate Total Miles

Escape the valley heat and learn about the interesting geology and plants of this beautiful preserve with Docent Naturalists Martin Manley and David Kocsis. On this moderately-paced hike along the Stevens Creek Nature, Canyon, Bella Vista, and Old Ranch trails you’ll experience a great view of the San Andreas fault and discuss the effects it has had on the landscape. You’ll descend a shaded canyon next to Stevens Creek (the real creek – not the car dealership district) to see the wildflowers and check out the California newt in its local habitat and climb the summit of Black Mountain for a fabulous view over a wide swath of the peninsula and take a lunch break at the top.

Where to Meet

Meet at the Monte Bello Parking Area on Page Mill Road (across from Los Trancos Preserve), 7 miles west of I-280 or 1.5 miles east of Skyline Boulevard. Those traveling from I-280 on Page Mill Rd. should allow approximately 35 minutes travel time.

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