Monte Bello Pond Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -88' -27 m
High: 2,166' 660 m
Low: 2,078' 633 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A short trail to a pond in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve.”— David Hitchcock
The trail descends until it comes to the pond, where signs indicate that fishing and swimming are prohibited. Due to drought, the pond has dried up some, and all you initially encounter are cattails and other grasses that grow around ponds.
If you follow the narrow trail through the brush to the right, a narrow trail that is used by animals more than humans, skirts the edge of the pond. Following this trail will lead you to the portion that still has water in it. From here, you can observe ducks swimming and feeding in the pond. Even smaller trails, used by the animals, make their way down to the water's edge, but aren't recommended for humans. The trail ends at the end of the pond. Views of the surrounding hills can be enjoyed throughout the trail and if you are looking for solitude, there's a fair chance you'll get your wish.
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Land Manager: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space