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Quick Facts

Estimated Hike Time: Hours
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Trail: Black Mountain via Sklyine Ridge OSP
Elevation Gain: Feet
Total Distance: Miles


Meet Us Here:

GPS in Degrees Decimal Format (Google Maps): [580],[592]
GPS in Degrees Minutes Decimal Format (Most Cars): [589],[609]
Waze Mobile App Trail Link: [588]

Frequently Asked Questions

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Nearest Street Address: Most street addresses provided by the Google Map below are approximate, and may be up to a couple of miles from the hike location. Use GPS coordinates when driving, if possible.

Additional Information

Meeting Location: [634]
Parking Fee: [610]
Official Trail Use: No Dogs
Facilities at Trail head: Pit toilets at trail head. No water.
Recommended Map:
Shade Recommendation: Zoom in on the Satellite map below to see the shade.


We will start from Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and cross the street into Monte Bello OSP to hike up to Black Mountain.

This is a DIFFICULT hike and is NOT for beginners. Please note that the elevation is steady with very few breaks. However, the views are awesome and the terrain is scenic and varied. Shade is somewhat minimal, so bring lots of water and electrolytes (i.e. Gatorade). Wear sunscreen and a hat.

Civil twilight is at 8:52 pm. I don’t anticipate being out after dark, but it’s good to be prepared. I always bring a headlamp or flashlight. Don’t rely on your phone.

Our Planned Route

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How To Get There

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Event Plan:

→ From the parking lot for Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve along Skyline Blvd, walk up to Skyline Blvd (0.1 mi)

→ Cross the road (Hwy 35) and follow Skid Road Trail (0.4 mi + 0.2 mi + 0.4 mi)

→ Turn right onto Canyon Trail for 0.2 mi

→ Turn left onto Indian Creek Trail for 1.0 mi + 0.2 mi

→ Turn right onto Montebello Rd for 0.2 mi to reach Black Mountain at 2,812 ft. We will take a break here

→ Continue southeast on Montebello Rd for 1.1 mi

→ Turn right onto Waterwheel Creek Trail for 1.5 mi

→ Turn left back onto Montebello Rd for 0.8 + 1.1 mi to return to Black Mountain

→ Continue right on Montebello Rd for 0.2 + 0.4 + 0.4 mi

→ Turn left onto Bella Vista Trail for 0.8 mi

→ Turn right onto Canyon Trail for 0.2 mi. Pass Sag Pond

→ Turn left onto Stevens Creek Nature Trail for 0.3 + 1.1 mi

→ Turn right onto Skid Rd. Trail for 0.2 mi + 0.4 mi

→ Cross the road (Hwy 35) to return to parking lot

Created By: Maggie