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#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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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.

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 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

Excellent conditions, excellent weather, excellent companions!

On The Rocks is on a roll!

On The Rocks is a team of youthful women on the other side of middle-age who rocked two peaks in one week! This is one…

Black Mountain

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

Black Mountain

Nice and easy hike with a little sightseeing on the top.

A grey day to hike Black Mountain!

We did the ‘Black Mountain via PG&E, Quarry and Black Mountain Trail’ from AllTrails. The parking lots were full on what we thought would be…

A grey day to hike Black Mountain!

We did the ‘Black Mountain via PG&E, Quarry and Black Mountain Trail’ from AllTrails. The parking lots were full on what we thought would be…

Black Mountain Blah

Arrived in the parking lot at 8:15 am and it was full. There were a lot of folks on the trail up through roughly mile…

The Longest Last Two Mile

The trail was in great condition. We went on the weekend, so parking was tough to find at the Preserve. We had to do two…

Black mountain bump in the road

Gorgeous solo hike on a cloudy day.  Beat the rain by five minutes.  Spaces in the main lot on this Thursday were easy to find. …

Straight Up Climbs and Trough

Several straight up climbs, especially the last two miles. Climbed above power lines with the airplanes. Large towers and cool rocks.

Straight Up Climbs and Trough

Straight up climbs last 2 miles to the peak. Cool Black Rocks. Large towers. Trough along the way. Did 14+ miles.

Uphill Struggle

The trail conditions were good and the weather was great. It was a high of 68 degrees. There were a couple spots with some light…

Uphill Grind!

Weather was great!  Sunny with a slight breeze. Trails conditions were good especially for after the rain in the previous week. PG&E trail was 4…

Black Mountain Mid Week

Arrived about 9AM and found just 2 parking spots available. First and last mile a bit steep but not bad. Beautiful views of the valley…

‘Round Rancho

I began my hike at the main Parking lot and looped around the park. 15 miles   ~3,000ft elevation Trails: Permanente Creek – Lower Meadow…

Black Mountain Loop

Peak #2 – 1 day after Mission. Black Mountain is not much of a peak/summit but lots of shade and ferns. Birds and bunnies. Really…

Blacked out from too much EG

Bring your cardio game no matter which trailhead you choose:  the straight A frame incline or the steady reverse uncle with and added 4 miles.…

Black Moootain :-) Peak

We (me and the 3 ladies) opted to do the 15 mile route since the 11 mile version was soo packed – even at 730AM…

atop of black mountain

Hiked with my Dood and2 good lady friends! Was a nice place but packed of people and very warm

Black peak

Really foggy! No view. 2hrs 25 minutes up, 2 hrs down, total 10.6 Miles and over 2900 feet in elevation gain

Black Mountain

I’ve always heard of Black Mountain but never actually hiked to it. Today that changed and it felt great! It was a solid hike from…

Black Mountain

Some parts of the trail is steep like the halfway point and towards the end and you add the miles to get to the summit…

Back at Black Mountain for #5

Had the day off today since I am working Saturday (and also got my second COVID vaccine yesterday). Felt good and headed to the Rhus…

Black and Back

Up, up and up.  The route is primarily a comfortably wide fire road that starts with a climb then levels off a bit before the…

Black Mountain – we’ll be back

Wide open fire roads for the start of the hike.  Nice section of single track once on the Quarry Trail.  Long last mile to the…

Black Mountain via Rogue Valley

Pretty straightforward hike, saw a fair amount of wildlife, bobcat, deer, eagle, etc.  Good sunny cool day.  Good uphill stretch to the top of black…

Black mountain

We did this peak on an overcast day. There was some clearing at times with nice views. We started 8AM and it was high 40s…

Black Mountain

Trails were great!  Weather was a tad foggy.  It was our first peak, now on to the next one!

New Year Hike

Early morning sunrise hike, cold and clear, beautiful view at the top!

Black Mountain

Well maintained trail with plenty of parking. Construction is occurring in the area where one parks. Steady stream of people during the 12 mile hike.

Where’s Black Mountain…?

A foggy and rainy day climbing Black Mountain! We didn’t see much of the view but it was still a great start to our 2021…

New Years Eve on Black Mountain

This last hike on the last day of 2020 could not have been more perfect. This loop trail in Monte Bello Open Space is diverse…

Black Mountain and Mountain Lions

Having talked to a Ranger the previous day about Rancho San Antonio Park, I decided to wait until sunrise to engage in the hike. There…

Black Mountain

Beautiful hike, accidentally took wrong trail down 2 miles and had to hike back up, started at 10am and completed around 4:00pm with the detour.

Drizzly Black Mountain

A little bit of rain.  Trail was well maintained. Snuck it in before the years end!

Black Mountain

6.25 miles, 1239 ft, 2hr 8 mins Fairly easy hike, it rained a bit but the trail wasn’t too slippery.

Black Mt

Chilly and damp from rain.

Black Mountain

Love this hike even though 2 hours from Vacaville!  Last hike done!

Getting it done

Perhaps not the most interesting of the hikes but the views were certainly amazing – fun to see Umhumnum, Diablo, Mission Peak , Sizer and…

Mt Mountain!

Amazing rare clear day with great visibility. Hiked up through the deer hollow farm and the north ridge and down the PGE road. Saw a…

Black Mountain

Beautiful hike after a 2-day rain. Although nothing much to see at the summit.