Black Mountain via Hidden Villa 11mi\2800ft


Please put yourself on the waiting list.  Space is limited to 10 unless I can get a permit.  This is a workout hike for folks who live nearby and expect to be done by 1pm.  We will enter from Hidden Villa and join the Black Mountain Trail.  There is free parking at the Rhus Ridge trail head, but space is limited and not suitable for a large group.  You could try to find parking and then meet up on the Black Mountain Trail.  We will join the Black Mountain trail at the first Hidden Villa trail junction which is after the Chemise Trail junction. If you start from Rhus Ridge at 9am, you will be a few minutes earlier than us.

Meeting Point:

Take the El Monte Road exit going towards the hills.  From the left lane, go past Foothill College to the stop sign and turn left onto Moody Rd. Stay on Moody Road for 1.7 miles. Enter through Hidden Villa gate at 26870 Moody Rd. (left side of road).

There is a $5 parking fee for visitors. There is parking at the Dana Center located after entrance bridge on right.  Second parking lot is next to the pink Wolken Education Center, located on the right, past the Dana Center and Steinmann's Field.  Meet in the second parking lot.

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MPORTANT NOTE: Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this hike and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, and first aid. Hike organizers make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities.By signing for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this hike.



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  • Jim B.

    Edmond did a great job of setting expectations at keeping us on time. The views from the top were worth the hike up. Everyone was congenial, a great group to hike with.

    November 30, 2013

  • Brian P

    Having car issues and wont be able to make it today :(

    November 30, 2013

  • shyla

    Sorry to bail at the last minute. Was helping a friend move and there is still more to do tomorrow. I was hoping we could be done today.

    November 29, 2013

  • Nancy

    I think, given the parking issue and long drive, I should pass.

    November 25, 2013

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