Hike Date: October 16, 2010
Distance: 4.9 miles
Elevation: Min: 1716 ft. Max: 2191 ft. Gain: 1187 ft.
Trail(s): Old Ranch Trail, Bella Vista Trail, Canyon Trail, White oak Trail, Indian Creek Trail
Where’s it at? South Skyline Region Midpeninsula, Los Altos, CA
Cost: Free parking and trail use
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Total Distance: 7.93 km (4.9 mi)
Total Time: 1:12:53
Moving Time: 1:07:00
Average Speed: 6.53 km/h (4.1 mi/h)
Average Moving Speed: 7.10 km/h (4.4 mi/h)
Max Speed: 9.00 km/h (5.6 mi/h)
Min Elevation: 523 m (1716 ft)
Max Elevation: 668 m (2191 ft)
Elevation Gain: 362 m (1187 ft)
Recorded: Sat Oct 16 13:35:55 PDT 2010
Activity type: trail hiking
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve was a nice hike in Los Altos with a fair amount of different trail options with varying distances. I would say it would be better to visit in late Winter or early Spring while the grass is green, since a decent portion of it was wide open grasllands, but the contrast of dead grass and live oaks wasn’t too bad either. Also the creek at the base of the canyon only had a tiny bit of water and would probably make for an adventurous crossing during full rain.
It’s a bit out of the way on Page Mill Road with no stores, gas stations or restaurants nearby. There’s a bathroom in the large parking lot but no water, so be sure to bring water with you. Also, don’t be almost empty on gas like I was! I came as close as ever to running out on this trip. When I asked some other hikers which direction had the nearest gas they nicely asked if I had a siphon. I didn’t.
One thing that I especially enjoyed about this hike was the diversity of flora and all the signs along the trail on the Canyon and Indian Creek legs of the trip I took, describing them and the fauna.
It’s a little bit confusing on which path to take at the forks so be sure to either plan the hike ahead or bring one of the trail maps they have at the sign in the parking lot. I would skip the small leg that led up to Skyline Boulevard if I were you. I’d taken that one by mistake. A number of the trails were blocked off when I went…I wasn’t sure why. The signage for the other ones is questionable.
There’s a decent amount of elevation change for how short a hike I took. The last leg of it was a pretty steep hike up an open grassy hill with great views.