Monte Bello-Stevens Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,536' 773 m
Descent: -2,538' -774 m
High: 2,793' 851 m
Low: 551' 168 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“Spectacular views of Silicon Valley to the Pacific Ocean with a fun descent through a wooded canyon.”— Bob Gardner
The Ridge Vineyards is open weekends with picnic tables and wine tasting.
This ride crosses Stevens Creek on the Canyon Trail which should be avoided after heavy rains. A wet-weather option is an out-and-back ride to Black Mountain.
Just past the Ridge Vineyards is the trailhead for Waterwheel Creek Trail on the left. This old ranch road follows the contours of the ridge through old orchards and vineyards then reconnects with the dirt section of Monte Bello Road farther up. Use this as an alternate route when the trails are dry.
A mile past the Ridge Vineyards the paved road ends at a gate where you enter Monte Bello Open Space Preserve. The fire road starts as broken pavement up to a microwave installation turning into a smooth dirt road for the last couple miles to the top of 2,800-ft Black Mountain, another communication tower site. Enjoy the top-of-the-world views to the east over Santa Clara Valley to Mount Hamilton, south to Mt. Umunhum, and southwest down into Stevens Creek Canyon with Long Ridge and glimpses of the Pacific Ocean beyond.
Continue on Monte Bello Road a short distance turning left at the first junction on Indian Creek Trail which is a smooth fire road that drops steeply into Stevens Creek to connect with the Canyon Trail.
Another slightly longer ride option is to take the first right off of Indian Creek to Old Ranch Trail which runs parallel to Monte Bello Road then left on Bella Vista Trail down to the Canyon Trail.
Head down the Canyon Trail which starts as smooth doubletrack winding and rolling through the trees along Stevens Creek. The trail gets narrower and rougher as it progresses until the second trail junction with the Table Mountain Trail where it becomes singletrack for the last 1-1/2 miles. Just past this junction the trail crosses the creek then continues on the opposite bank to the junction with paved Stevens Canyon Road. Light traffic and mostly downhill, it's a fast ride back to the start.
Local Club: Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers
Jan 23, 2019: Great Opportunity at Castle Rock State Park
Land Manager: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space