San Francisco: Monte Bello Preserve

This 5.9-mile hike features a cache of wild riches: loads of wildlife, peaceful grasslands, dappled forests, and a treeless ridgeline with big ocean views.
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This 5.9-mile hike features a cache of wild riches: loads of wildlife, peaceful grasslands, dappled forests, and a treeless ridgeline with big ocean views.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.9

Waypoints

MBP001

Location: 37.325382232666, -122.178833007812

Head N on White Oak Trail; turn L @ 3-way and continue W as trail parallels road

MBP002

Location: 37.3241157531738, -122.184982299805

L @ 3-way

MBP003

Location: 37.3189506530762, -122.176933288574

Hilly grasslands leads to woods

MBP004

Location: 37.3165321350098, -122.17610168457

L @ 3-way; straight through next 3-way at mile 2; cross three bridges over Stevens Creek

MBP005

Location: 37.3173828125, -122.167785644531

Straight through gate; R @ 3-way

MBP006

Location: 37.3156814575195, -122.164886474609

L @ 3-way; rest before steep ascent ahead

MBP007

Location: 37.3183517456055, -122.153129577637

L @ 4-way, following signs toward backpacker campsite; L onto gravel road

MBP008

Location: 37.318431854248, -122.155548095703

Bear L @ Y onto singletrack trail. Detour: Head R to 2,675 ft. summit on Monte Bello Ridge; open views of Santa Cruz Mtns. and ocean

MBP009

Location: 37.3208160400391, -122.160568237305

L @ 3-way

MBP010

Location: 37.3214683532715, -122.17115020752

Bear R @ Y; a sag pond showcases the San Andreas Fault on R

MBP011

Location: 37.3234176635742, -122.173866271973

L @ 3-way

MBP012

Location: 37.3229331970215, -122.174583435059

Bear R @ Y

MBP013

Location: 37.3252334594727, -122.178703308105

End loop @ trailhead