Hiking at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
As many of you know, hiking in the parks and open space preserves that abound in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley is one of my great pleasures. It's a way for me to de-stress after a long day, stretch muscles that have sat too long, and breathe in the fresh air.
One afternoon last week I enjoyed a hike at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. The trail head is located on Page Mill Road, about 1-1/2 miles east of Skyline Boulevard and 7 miles west of Interstate 280, and is a scenic 45-minute drive from San Carlos. Our route that afternoon lead us up the Bella Vista trail, through the backpacker's camp, to the top of Black Mountain, along Monte Bello Ridge, around the Waterwheel Creek loop trail, past a couple of vineyards, and then a retracing of our steps and back to the car.
A few of the sights along our route follow. I hope they entice to you visit Monte Bello Open Space Preserve for your own adventure!
Near the trailhead (taken last Dec.)
A view looking West (Sept.)
Vineyard near the trail
Unusual trail sight!
Wild turkeys on the trail