Stevens Creek Nature Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Palo Alto, California. It is within Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 2,206 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,185 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information board, an information map, parking, and restrooms. The Nature Information guidepost can be seen along the trail. There is also a bench along the trail. The trail ends near the Trail Guide information guidepost.
Stevens Creek Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Stevens Creek Nature Trail explores a section of the San Andreas Fault region high in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the Silicon Valley. The changes in terrain are impressive, as the trail passes on both sides of the fault. Grasslands grow on thinner soils atop the older volcanic rocks and limestone on the North American Plate, while dense forests thrive on the richer soils atop the sandstone and mudstone of the Pacific Plate. The trail’s interpretive guide, which is at the trailhead, contains explanations corresponding to the numbered signposts along the path. The hike is rather strenuous. The trail leads to the wooded creekbed at the bottom of the canyon near the headwaters of Stevens Creek, then returns along the grassy slopes southeast of the San Andreas Fault. Park activities include walking and exploration. No bikes or dogs are allowed on the Stevens Creek Nature Trail."
--Nancy Salcedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco (Falcon Guides).
"A trek along the headwaters of Stevens Creek enfolds hikers in a deepening riparian habitat. Above, on the slopes of Black Mountain, wildflowers, raptors, and views dominate the scene. Literature for Monte Bello Open Space Preserve swells with superlatives, touting the views from highland meadows as “incredible” and the riparian corridor that cradles the headwaters of Stevens Creek as “one of the finest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.” That about sums it up. It wasn’t named “beautiful mountain” (in Italian) for nothing . . . . At more than 2,000 feet in elevation, views south and west from the ridge where this loop trail begins are amazing."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Jose (Falcon Guides).
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