Hiking at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, Santa Clara County, CA

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, Monte Bello OSP, CANear the trailhead (taken last Dec.)

from Waterwheel Creek Trail, Monte Bello OSPA view looking West (Sept.)

Vineyard along Monte Bello Road, Santa Clara CoVineyard near the trail

mountain lion kill on Black MountainUnusual trail sight!

Wild turkeys, Monte Bello OSPWild turkeys on the trail

 

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Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

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Comment balloon 21 commentsLottie Kendall • September 23 2010 12:33AM

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I love the string of photos - makes me wish I was there!  Down to 80 at 9 p.m. tonight.  Soon it will be evening walking time again!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) about 10 years ago

Lottie - Absolutely beautiful!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) about 10 years ago

Lottie...you're an adventurous soul....what's that array of bones??????

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 10 years ago

Lottie, I really like the photos. Looks like a cool place to visit...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lottie, I love the pictures. You are fortunate to be able to go for a walk there any time you wish.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 10 years ago

Great pictures Lottie. The bones reminds me of when we first moved to Danville there was no development behind us. It had cattle on it. They would come to our back (wire) fence and my Silky Terrier would lure them to put their noses to the wire and then she would try to bite them.

On ocassion a cow would die and the carcass would be there for awile. We would hike there because it had a rather steep slope near the other end of that property.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) about 10 years ago

Lottie:  You've got it right.  The walks are amazingly good for you and de-stress.  My mom is 86 ... and looks like she's about 60.  She's always been a walker and it's kept her active, healthy, spirited, and upbeat.  Keep on walking Lottie ... it'll pay you dividends.

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 10 years ago

Soon, Cara, soon. Today's the first day of fall--you'll be outdoors before long, loving it.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Nevin, glad you like our area. Are you planning to be at Rain Camp San Jose next week? Bring your hiking boots/running shoes and stay an extra day!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

LOVE IT!  Love the post!  I have lived here ALL my life, but I haven't done this hike.  It now makes me want to!  :)  Great post!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) about 10 years ago

Hi Barbara, Well, I DO like a good adventure, but not when it includes carcasses! I believe the deer met a mountain lion and the mountain lion won. Here's more about that!

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Hi Michael and Gita -- We are fortunate here to have thousands of acres of parkland and open space to enjoy.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Bill, were you on the slopes of Mt. Diablo? There's some fantastic hiking there--but only in the spring and fall for me. Too hot in the summer, and the adobe mud in the winter is something else.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Gene, I'd say your mom's upbeat nature rubbed off on you. Did her love of hiking and walking? If so, when (did you notice I didn't say 'if'?) you visit San Francisco, you'll be in your element.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Hi Chris -- I bet you hit Rancho San Antonio, am I right? You can hike to the top of Black Mountain from there, although it's a longer, more strenuous hike from there than from Monte Bello. My recommendation: pick a clear day and head on up -- views are gorgeous!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Lottie, while I suspect you'd walk/hike no matter what the scenery, it is great that you have places like Monte Bello Open Space Preserve.  Thanks for the photos.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) about 10 years ago

Mary Kay, thanks for taking a virtual walk with me. If you ever come out this way to visit, we'll do the real thing!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

I followed the link over to the "expanded version" of photo #4.  That would have been a bit disconcerting to come across that on a hike alone, good thing you had your brother with you...I am usually jingling something when we hike in places where I cannot see all around me. Too many lions, tigers and bears, oh my!  out there!

Posted by c m about 10 years ago

Cheryl, this is a newish phenomenon here--about 30 years ago I spotted a mountain lion a hill away and told a park ranger--I was poo-poohed, and told there were no mountain lions in the Santa Cruz mountains! Today I hike differently, with more awareness

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

Hi Lottie ~ What a collection - your photos are breathtaking - every one of them is amazing - the grapes, the skeleton, and that view in the first one - yo!

Liz

Posted by Elizabeth Bolton, Cambridge MA Realtor (RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA) about 10 years ago

Liz, you can be a really bad photographer here and the photos still are fun-- the hills add lots of good drama to our area.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 10 years ago

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