60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco
by Jane Huber (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2013 Jane Huber/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
This is definitely one of the best hikes I've done in a long time. The change of landscape throughout this hike makes this a very beautiful hike. Although the trail was a bit muddy at times (what do you expect during the winter!) it was still easy to navigate the trails.
If I could give this eTrail a better rating than a 5 I would because Monte Bello is just that pretty, that well maintained and that much fun to travel. The views (especially if you go up to Black Mountain) are unsurpassed as you will gaze on the hub-bub wilderness of the Silicon Valley. This hike just gives so much differing terrain and sights that you can't go wrong. Open space, forest, streams, grasslands, sights, sounds, and smells all dot this entire hike. Well worth the trip ole Page Mill Road and is one of the top hikes of all the Open Preserves in the area (although all have different positive points). And, oh, in March, 2005, there were a TON of Geocaches, should that be your idea of fun (like ours). Monte Bello should be renamed to "Amazing Place To Visit".
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