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Easy Saturday morning hike

Overcast breezy Saturday morning hike up Black Mountain, felt like I was getting away with an overly eay hike until it started getting steep in…

Full Sunshine Hike

The entire trail was sunshine through and through. No trees, no cloud cover, so come prepared with plenty of sunscreen. The hike still had a…

Black Mountain Hike

Such a beautiful trail but muddy at this time because of the heavy rain.

Last one before the rain!

Happy that I saved this one for last. Super lovely easy stroll up a nearly empty trail. The fog was thick getting there but quickly…

Black Mountain Hike

This was a quick easy hike. Working on get the last two peaks in before the end of the year.

Hiking Black Mountain

It was a great day for a hike, cool in the morning but it warmed up to tank top weather as we were climbing.  This…

Beautiful on Black Mountain

Beautiful weather made for a nice hike. 72°, and only a breeze at the summit. Trails damp, but not muddy. Made for good traction on…

Various terrain

It was a long twisty road up, but the views were great.  I got there early to beat any crowds and there were only 3…

Black Mountain

Easy hike from where we started, about 5.5 miles round trip. It was chilly but not overly cold. We pushed it, getting back before dark…

Black Afternoon

Mostly an easy (but a little long) stroll, with moments at the beginning and near the end of steeper grades.  Found the benchmark among the…

Sunny day at Black Mountain

We parked our car to where Chamise Trail Starts. just peaked Lost Altos Hills Reservoir. it was really pretty and sunny day. It took a…

Clear, bright morning

Beautiful, clear morning. Felt great to get back out after the fire season has quieted down (hopefully!).

Black Mountain Views to the Sea!

We started at Rancho San Antonio and hiked up and over Black Mountain ending at Ridge Winery (a lovely spot to end a hike!)

Back Mountain

Great hike! Moderate is you take the high trail. If taking the Natural Trail, it is much harder to reach the peak.

Back in Black

On an all too familiar trail in Rancho San Antonio, I made my way through the waves of hills that eventually brought me to the…

Beautiful Fall day at Black Mountain

Gorgeous day hike with perfect weather and clear skies.  Trail was very well maintained and steep in a few sections.  11 miles or so with…

Rock and Root Hikers

Black Mountain was another wonderful hike with great friends and great company along with great booster drink.

Rock and Root Crew – Black Mountain

Once again, our group followed the excellent directions provided from the Social Hiker site.  We arrived at our location by the suggested time of 7…

Rock and Root Crew

The instructions provided on Social Hiker was great.  Our group followed it to the tea.  Total miles for the day was 11+.  It was a…

Black Mountain

Started late on a Sunday so hiked this one quick to get back to the car before dark. A black cat at the trailhead greeted…

Hot, hot, hot!

It was very hot but we didn’t start til 11:30. About 2 miles to peak from parking lot so 4 miles round trip. The water…

#3 Black Mountain

The first 1 mile and last 2 miles of this hike were brutally steep! Rest of it was a a gradual incline, and it was…

Back to Black (Mountain)

We chose a particularly warm late summer day to hike to the top of Black Mountain. The heat was made a bit more intense by…

Black Mountain

Last hike in the challenge. Thought this and Mt Um were the easiest of the six, but still an awesome hike/workout.

Back to Black

Hiked from Rhus Ridge last year. Decided to try Monte Bello this time.  Windy narrow little road with lots of Labor Day cyclists.  NO PROBLEM…

Black Mountain

Hot hot day.  Had to take extra breaks and drank more water than normal just to deal with the heat.  The summit is a bit…

Black mountain summit

The drought has sucked the life out of Northern California. While I’m happy to be able to move up this mountain I’ve never seen conditions…

Black Mountain

I chose to start at Monte Bello because I heard that Rhus Ridge has limited parking. I did the loop and got 7 miles with…

Above the clouds

First solo hike here back in the Bay Area- gorgeous morning through mist and the. Above the undercast. Saw deer and bunnies and plenty of…

Very challenging

We hiked this in the middle is summer and it was open and warm. Not a whole lot to look at.

Black Mtn. Peak

This peak was a doozy. We started at 10 am since we drove down from Sacramento. It was hot and dusty. The trail has a…

Conquered Black Mountain

I arrived at the gate at 5:30 am and was 3rd in line waiting for the gate to open at 6am. Quickly there  became a…

black mountain

sunset hike kicked my butt. steeper than it seems, and more like 10 miles than 9.

Black Mountain summit

Started out at 8:30 and it was cool and the morning fog was burning off. I opted for a short sleeve even though I usually…

Black Mountain

Hiked over 11 miles with over 2600 ft of elevation. Sweeping views of Silicon Valley and a deep blue sky were the highlights. While not…

Chamise trail to Black Mountain

Beautiful hike, and not cold and windy at the top as it sometimes is! Started early, and was glad of that when the sun was…

Black Mountain on a Warm Day

Beautiful hike on a sunny day through varying terrain. Glad we started at 7:30a to avoid the heat. The number of hikers increased steadily during…

Hot day with chickens and poison oak

This hike was fine. Not my favorite on the list because it’s mostly fire roads. Also, it was an incredibly hot weekend. We decided to…

Backpacking Black Mountain

A little over 4 hours moving time to complete and the last mile was tough! Backpacked at the nearby campground the night before. The weather…

Black Mountain Summit with Ashley

Today was hot but breezy, not too many people on the trail and a mile longer than expected but all in all, very fun hike.…

Black Mountain

Wasn’t impressed with the top of this as I was of the other peaks

Black Mountain

Hiked 11.2 miles with my friend, Stephanie.  Initial hill, steep.  11.2 miles  Elevation 3,146′

That was a tough one!

First, need to arrive by 6:20 to get a parking spot, otherwise wait until late morning to come in as folks are leaving. We finished…

Hike #4

Beautiful hike but certainly rough!!!

Black Mountain

great views and some sweet wildflowers. A tough one but worth it.

Black Mountain

Easy hike and My first experience with a coyote on the trail 🙂

Glad That’s Done!

I made the mistake of arriving at 6:50am on a Saturday. There was NO parking available. I was fortunate enough to park close enough away…

Black Mountain

We tried to start at 7:30 at Rancho San Antonio Park but it was already full.  If your thinking of hiking from here I would…

Boring summit

Least favorite hike of the challenge.  Summit was anti-climatic.  My phone/camera was not working so I have no photo to post but I can not…

Black mountain

Beautiful trail and beautiful day. Perfect weather. Kicked my butt going up and up!

Wild Hike at Black Mountain

This was such a crazy hike especially considering it’s right next to very tame Los Altos. Parking was impossible, so we parked at Foothill College…

Black Mr

Small parking lot full by 7:15.  We parked at Foothill College and walked to trailhead.   First mile of hike was straight up and certainly…

Black mountain

We tried to do PGE quarry trail but the parking was already full at 7:30am. So we found an alternate trailhead for black mountain that…

Black Mountain

Our hike began from a neighborhood that connected to the Chemise trail and then to Black Mnt. There was a steep incline right off the…

Black Mountain from Montebello Rd

We didn’t have the time to do the regular 13ish mile loop from Rancho San Antonio, so I obtained a (free) permit from Midpen Open…

Up on to the Black Mountain

I was given a warning by my friends that I need to be at the Rancho San Antonio Preserve gate half an hour prior to…

The Forgotten Black Mountain Hike

The hike title sums it all up! I hiked with a friend WAAAAYYYYY back in April and don’t remember all that much about it! Pro…

Black Mountain

Started at Rancho San Antonio. The hike was mild. Lots of flowers and shade along the way. It was about 4 miles up before I…

Black Mountain

Wildflower season in full bloom! Trail map we used was a little off, so we thought we’d be at the peak a mile or so…

Warm hike up Black Mountain

We arrived a little before 7am on a Sunday morning to an almost full parking lot. The weather was forecast to be sunny and warm…

Black Mountain

Great hike, beautiful day.  We got there at 8:15 and all of the parking lots were full, so we parked outside of the park and…

Black Mountain

While the views of the bay area (Santa Clara valley and eastward) on the hike up were expansive, I much preferred the views at the…

Black Mountain

It was a great trail, great views, beautiful weather.

Black Mountain

This was a tougher hike than the trail guides suggested with significant elevation gain over short spans. But the trails were dry and there was…

Black Mountain- 3 of 6

Great day! A little hot where there is no tree coverage. Still very green, some wildflowers. Not crowded. Arrived at 8:30am

Deserted Black Mountain

GREEEEEEN and QUIET! Clean bathrooms at trailhead. I startled one biker. Saw 3 random hikers on the connecting trails. I never crossed paths with anyone.…

Black Mountain

We started at 7:30 am so we found one of the few parking spaces.  Temperature was 45 at the start and 70’s at the finish.…

Black Mountain

The trial was nice with a mix of being in the sun and in the shade. The last two miles leading to the peak were…

Black Mountain

Good weather, sunny, lots of traffic (hikers and MTBs on weekend. Most of the trail is a wide gravel road with great views, only the…

Black Mountain

The trail was beautiful. We arrived at 8:30. Weather was expected to be in the low 70’s. There are some shady areas but when the…

Springtime meandering

I would consider this the perfect Winter/Spring hike. It is mostly open chaparral, so I think it might be too warm in Summer/Fall. The section…

WINDY NIGHT on Black Mountain

Whoa!  The WIND up there!  Thought we were going to be Winnie the Pooh in “A Rather Blustery Day”!  Great trip though, wind kept all…

Hidden Gem in Silicon Valley

Bagged my 2nd peak in the 6 Pack of Peaks 2021 series. My friend Palmore joined me. First time for both of us hiking Black…

Black Mountain

Great hike, great weather. Steep at beginning and end but not bad. Best views from the trail, not so much from the summit.

Black a mack a dack Mountain

Took a lovely Saturday afternoon to go hiking with my labmates to Black Mountain.  We went via route of old ranch, bella vista, and canyon…

Black Mountain highway

Beautifully kept trail – the fire road is well-travelled, like a trail highway. Loved that it got less crowded the farther up we got. Lovely…

Black mountain

Beautiful hike in the South Bay. The last 2 miles to the top are the prettiest and most challenging. Parking is an issue. We got…

Great day!

A perfect time for a long hike.

Black toe mountain

Beautiful trail, we chose a longer trail this time both ways. It was mostly single track trail instead of a fire road ( PG&E ).…

Black Mountain Special

Even with the sunny weather it can get cold once you reach the summit, that is if you stop moving. This hike kick my behind.…

Black Mountain

This hike was super cold loved getting up to the moon rocks and seeing at the views on both sides of the San Andreas fault.…

4th Down

Did this hike last year, but must not be in as good shape cause it whooped me on the way up, especially the last two…

Black Mountain Trail

On the route we took, there were a lot of steep switchbacks in the beginning and then it’s flat til towards the end there’s more…

Peak #3 – Black Mtn

This hike was great! There was a cute cat hanging out by the home near the parking lot. The last couple miles were brutal but…

BLACK MOUNTAIN SUMMIT

This is an absolutely beautiful trail, lots of shade and wide. Going up to the Summit was the incline but heading back was all downhill.

Black Mountain 2021 Edition

First time to San Antonio open space. Beautiful weather and environment. Longer hike, 26 km total. Not difficult.

First time on Black Mountain

Drove down to Rancho open space with my husband to start our hike at 7:15 AM and the parking lots were already filling. Glad we…

Black Mountain Mega Loop

Total length: ~18 miles, ~3200 ft elevation gain. Arrived at the preserve at 8:05, despite google telling me the opening time was 8:00 the parking…

Black Mountain

You know Spring is announcing itself when Manzanitas are blooming and Taricha Torosas can be spotted when it’s a bit wet on the trails. Just…

Black Mountain

Very nice sunny day. Saw a coyote very nearby at the summit!

Black Mountain

Excellent conditions, excellent weather, excellent companions!