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March 7, 2015
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Santa Clara County
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Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
March 7, 2015
Host: Mark K

Monte Bello

The Place

Italian for “Beautiful Mountain”, Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is a place of rolling grasslands, dense creek side forests, and spectacular vistas. The preserve encompasses the upper Stevens Creek watershed from Monte Bello Ridge to Skyline Ridge. The 3,436-acre preserve is rich in wildlife and ecosystem diversity. Monte Bello Preserve is surrounded by other open space preserves and parks, which makes trip options nearly limitless. From the mountain top looking towards the ocean the views are wild and scenic. Looking in the other direction one can see the entire Bay Area.

Monte Bello

The Hike

Level 3 - 5.4 Miles - Elevation 1,200'

Walking the Walk

Take Canyon Trail, Bella Vista Trail and Old Ranch Trail to Black Mountain summit. We back-track for .5 mile to lunch at the old ranch site then return via Indian Creek Trail and Canyon Trail.


Monte Bello

Know Before You Go

A portion of the trail will be un-shaded and may get warm, please bring head covering. Bring at least two quarts or liters of water. There is no drinkable water available on the trail. There is a bathroom at the parking lot and near our lunch/meeting spot.
Website for maps:

Hike start time promptly at 10am

Monte Bello


From San Jose or Santa Cruz, take Hwy 9 (Big Basin Way) to Hwy 35 (Skyline), turn North on Hwy 35 for 6.5 miles. Turn right on Page Mill Road for 1.5 miles. Monte Bello parking lot is on the right.

Meet in the Monte Bello parking lot near the Preserve Sign.

Drive time: 60 minutes - Sorry no dogs

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