Monte Bello / Rancho San Antonio

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AVERAGE RATING
****
4.18 out of 5
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Intermediate
6.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 400 ft
↓ 700 ft
47
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Good variety of trails for the beginner/intermediate mountain biker. There are more trails
than the following loop described, just pick up a map at the trailhead/parking lot. Start off
on the Canyon Trail fireroad and veer left onto the Bella Vista Trail for some exposed
singletrack climbing on the hillside. Pass the camp site and head towards Indian Creek trail
for a long steep downhill on a fire road. Get back on Canyon trail for a short distance and
head towards White Oak trail for some creek-side singletrack through the woods. Out of the
woods, the climb continues on singletrack and can be tortuous on a hot summer day. At the
top, take a right at the intersection towards the parking lot.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: I was not able to find the trail :( Anyone have better directions to the trail head? Thanks! I ended up going back to the Arastradero Preserve -smcfadden

A: You have to get on Pagemill Rd. Its almost all the way to the top. If you are driving from Palo Alto area, go up page mill. If you get to Skyline Blvd you have gone too far. There's no address for google but nearest is 4175 Page Mill Rd, Los Altos, CA 94022, go east of that address no more than 1/4 or so, you cant miss it.

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Reviews (11)
 

Gnarly


June 16, 2015
macr88 Gnarly  
 
Review: It's really close to work so that's nice, it's a fairly easy ride with the climbs not being too terribly steep. It's difficult to go fast here with the brush blocking your view, last thing you'd want is your head to end up in a horses behind.

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Gramcounter

March 19, 2014
BZ202 Gramcounter  
 
Review: There's one really fun descent with a bunch of jumps as u descend down this canyon, a very smooth float canyon. Later you'll have to pay for it with a very long climb though (grizzly i think?) overall a fun, relaxed ride.

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Poseur

August 31, 2009
daylight Poseur  
 
Review: My favorite ride at Montebello is to start at the very end of Stevens Canyon Road (I don't recommend parking in the legal parking lot.. the long paved climb to gated entrance is no fun) at the gate (*technically*, you're not supposed to park here, but I've had no problems), and climb all the way up Canyon Trail. At the junction of Canyon and Indian Creek trails, I usually take Indian Creek to the top of Black Mountain, but this is a pretty hard climb that I wouldn't recommend to beginners. The alternative (at the aforementioned junction) is to keep going on Canyon Trail, then turn off on Bella Vista trail , merge onto Old Ranch Trail, and come out on the top of Black Mountain. Enjoy the views here and take a break before the ride back down. This is where the fun begins - although you can take Indian Creek back down to the junction, it's pretty gravel-filled, loose, (there are a few jumps), it's more fun to go back down on the singletrack (Old Ranch>Bella Vista>Canyon). This part is especially gorgeous if you are riding in the 2nd half of the day with sunset approaching. Once you are back at the junction, the ride back down Canyon to wherever you parked is my favorite part of the place. Nonstop winding downhill trail with some sweet jumps and lots of sidewalls you can ride on. The overall idea is to climb up Canyon Trail and ride back down it, although you can include the ride to the top of Black Mountain if you wish to do so. Here is a nice map that will explain all the trails at Montebello: http://www.openspace.org/preserves/maps/pr_monte_bello.pdf note: there is currently work being done on the trail, you may run into bulldozers adding dirt or making ramps and such, but it doesn't affect the overall ride

Similar Trail: Saratoga Gap, Corte Madera

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Gnarly

July 2, 2009
 
Review: While at Saratoga Gap, I descended on Grizzly Flat (Saratoga?) then connected with Canyon trail and climbed out on Lower Table Mountain and Charcoal Rd. The only thing really worthwhile about that aspect of the trip was realizing I was definitely going the wrong way on Lower Table Mountain. It looked like it would be a hoot going down rather than up. 1.2 miles of singletrack or so. Charcoal Rd. is a "one way" with bikes so it must be accessed using another route.

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Gramcounter


May 17, 2009
Mitch_A Gramcounter  
 
Review: The views are fantastic over looking the Bay Area! This trail is probably a bit over an intermediate rating due to a few sections that are quite narrow and very bumpy. I took my wife oout here on her new Shift R1 and she was very nervous an overly cautious on this ride but I do believe after she is more familiar with her bike she will overcome her shakiness. I'm looking forward to more exploration of this series of trails.

Similar Trail: Henry Coe Park.

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Gramcounter

January 28, 2009
mhmendez Gramcounter  
 
Review: If you start at the resivoir expect to climb for 6 miles (5 on the road and 1 on the trail). The climb is an awesome work out and the view is awesome. The downhill section is quite narrow at points and there are a couple off camber turns but plenty of rolling jumps to hit. This trail is an good 22 mile loop if done right.

Similar Trail: Saratoga Gap

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Granny Gear

January 8, 2008
 
Review: This might become a regular ride for me. We've just had a huge amount of rain dumped on us, with more to come. The tail end of the ride was shut down for this reason. It's mostly open air, though, so when the sun comes back it should dry out fairly quickly. Nice climb early on. Fun bombing run down the fire road as your reward. More interesting climb towards the end (wider path, but in the woods, with roots and mud to contend with occasionally). Beautiful views.

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Bunny Hop

June 11, 2006
gshoops Bunny Hop  
 
Review: AMAZING location, many trails, got lost first time but very glad I did. lots of variety, forested areas, open fields, very difficult climbs but rewarding downhills.

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Gnarly


May 7, 2006
gab26 Gnarly  
 
Review: It is a little too short if you only have an hour it is good but pretty remote for that. It is a fun trail and very hard to stay under the 15mph speed limit. Nothing technical or I would rate it higher. Nice scenery.

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Bunny Hop

August 5, 2005
McStrings Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Oh, I miss this ride. I wasn't in the best shape when I used to ride this one so I always got cramps. I liked starting on Stevens Canyon Rd. and riding it into the park. There's a long, hard climb up Charcoal Rd. (God help you if it's hot out). Then you can cross Skyline Dr. and take the trails on the other side of the road. Nice view here and a good spot to refuel. Come out on Skyline a few miles down the road and take Grizzly Flats back down toward Stevens Canyon. Good stream crossings, too.

Similar Trail: This trail but in reverse.

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Monte Bello / Rancho San Antonio MTB Trail 4.18 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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