Black Mountain loop via Stevens Creek
ElevationAscent: 1,209' 368 m
Descent: -1,208' -368 m
High: 2,806' 855 m
Low: 1,729' 527 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This loop takes you from shady Stevens Creek canyon to the wide-open summit of Black Mountain”— Miguel Vieira
After a mile or so, the trail climbs again and ends at the Canyon Trail. Turn right and take the Canyon Trail to the intersection with the Indian Creek Trail. Take the Indian Creek Trail uphill toward Black Mountain. The landscape gets more open and you're treated to some awesome views of the Stevens Creek valley. When you get to Monte Bello Road, turn right and continue on about a half mile to a short spur trail that leads to the summit.
After enjoying the views from the summit, head back on Monte Bello Road, but instead of turning on the Indian Creek Trail, stay straight, running past the Black Mount trail camp. At the intersection with the Bella Vista Trail, take the Bella Vista Trail downhill. As its name implies, this trail, too, has some great views. After a steep descent, the Bella Vista Trail joins the Canyon Trail, which you can follow back to the Stevens Creek Nature Trail and the parking lot.
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