Black Mountain from Hidden Villa
11.1 miles     2800 ft
4 Dec 2010
Summary

Nice long hike from Hidden Villa to Black Mountain. Mostly shaded.

Location: Hidden VillaRancho San Antonio County Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map for Rancho San Antonio Park: High quality map showing various trail sections, including trails to Black Mountain.

» Official Trail Map: Pretty good map showing various trails.

» Redwoodhikes Trail Map: Great map showing many parks like Purisima Creek, Huddart, Wunderlich, El Corte De Madera, Foothills, Hidden Villa and Rancho San Antonio. Trail maps for individual parks are available online for free. However, the RedwoodHikes map shows the big picture and is helpful for planning hikes that go through multiple parks.

Route

To Black Mountain (6.1 miles): From the parking lot next to Hidden Villa Gate, follow the semi-paved road leading towards the farm (0.3 miles). Upon reaching the hostel, turn left onto an unnamed trail (0.6 miles). Turn left onto Toyon Trail (0.5 miles) to reach an intersection with Bypass Trail and Creek Trail. This is the most beautiful spot in the entire route. It lies at the confluence of multiple creeks (see trail map). It is shaded, with bridges and even some picnic tables. Continue along Creek Trail (1.0 miles) → Ewing Trail (0.7 miles) → right on Black Mountain Trail (3.0 miles) to reach Black Mountain.

To Hidden Villa Parking Lot (5.2 miles): From Black Mountain, retrace your steps along Black Mountain Trail (3.0 miles) to reach the intersection with Ewing Trail. Continue along Black Mountain Trail (0.3 miles) → left on Hostel Trail (1.0 miles) → right on unnamed trail (0.6 miles) → right on semi-paved road leading to the parking lot near Hidden Villa Gate (0.3 miles).

Notes: The last one mile along Black Mountain Trail is pretty steep, among the steepest trails in the bay area.

Trailhead

Location: 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94024 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From Highway 280, take the exit for El Monte Rd going south. In 0.7 miles, turn left onto Moody Road. Hidden Villa is 1.7 miles ahead on Moody Road.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $5 per vehicle (last visited: Feb 2014)

Capacity: Almost 50 cars can be parked in the main parking lot, which is next to Hidden Villa Summer Camp

Latitude: 37.354356     Longitude: -122.156827

Panoramic Views

Full photo album — 4 December 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Long Loop in Hidden Villa from Rhus Ridge.
Hidden Villa Trails

Full photo album — 4 December 2010

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Long Loop in Hidden Villa from Rhus Ridge.
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