Monte Bello Road (Trail) Professional Reviews and Guides
"With a 2,800-foot elevation, Black Mountain boasts outstanding 360-degree views. If you want to look down at the Santa Clara Valley, you got it. Prefer views of the forested Santa Cruz Mountains? No problem—just turn around! This hike descends to cool, quiet Stevens Creek, then ascends out of a canyon to Black Mountain’s summit. The return route is all downhill, through an old walnut orchard and grasslands where flowers riot in spring."
--Jane Huber, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The upper Stevens Creek watershed, from the grassy slopes of Monte Bello Ridge to the brush and oak-covered woodlands below, is contained within the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve .Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains high above Cupertino, Monte Bello is the largest preserve managed by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. While the primary access into the preserve is on Page Mill Road about one mile from Skyline Boulevard near the top of the mountain range, there are other ways to get in as well. This ride utilizes one of those entry points. Starting well below Monte Bello at Stevens Creek Reservoir, the route leads uphill immediately along paved Montebello Road. After a long climb, the road ends and a trail leads into the preserve, climbing some more until it reaches the top of Black Mountain, the site of microwave communication towers."
--Conrad Boisvert, San Francisco Peninsula Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications).
"The upper Stevens Creek watershed, form the grassy slopes of Monte Bello Ridge to the brush and oak-covered woodlands below, comprises the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. Canyon trails climbs steadily at first through dense growth and then along the ridge as the fauna thins out. Indian Creek Trail and Black Mountain Trail climb steeply toward Black Mountain (2,780-foot elevation) where there are superb views of the watershed to the west and of the entire Santa Clara Valley, to the east. Steep uphill sections of the ride along Indian Creek Trail and narrow sections along Canyon Trail provide plenty of challenge. Be sure to carry adequate water."
--Conrad Boisvert, Bay Area Mountain Bike Trails (Penngrove Publications).
"Hike from a nature trail by a creek to a summit overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains"
--Laure Latham, Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books).
"Monte Bello lulls in more ways than one. A single-track interpretive nature trail winds along the headwaters of Stevens Creek. A steady climb rises above the deep crease formed by the grinding San Andreas Fault. A trail camp awaits atop distinct Black Mountain (2,800'). Savory, ever-changing views peer into a hidden valley and beyond. Monte Bello, que bello."
--Matt Heid, One Night Wilderness: San Francisco (Wilderness Press).
"These 5625 acres of open space preserves and county park encompass most of Stevens Creek Canyon from Page Mill Road to Saratoga Gap and from Skyline Boulevard on the west to Monte Bello Ridge on the east. This aggregation of wood- lands, streams, and grasslands is a magnificent near-wilderness treasure close to Peninsula cities. Trails into the vast canyon of upper Stevens Creek invite you to explore its depths and to climb the heights of Monte Bello Ridge. This trail guide includes the following trails: Stevens Creek Nature Trail, Loop Trip to Black Mountain on Indian Creek and Bella Vista Trails, From Saratoga Gap to Monte Bello Preserve, White Oak Trail Alternate to Upper Canyon Trail."
--Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette, Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula (Wilderness Press).
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