Black Mountain Backpack Camp
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is home to the Black Mountain Backpack Camp, the only site on District lands where visitors can spend the night under the stars.
Only one-half hour from the midpeninsula cities below, the camp often serves as the first stopping place for backpackers wishing to hike from the valley to the coast.The camp is a 1.5-mile hike from the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve parking lot on Page Mill Road and includes a 500-foot uphill climb.
Chemical toilets and water for washing are provided. Water is non-potable; campers must bring a water purifier or carry in their own drinking water. There is an outhouse and a pay phone Campfires are prohibited; a cook stove is allowed in designated areas only. There are no trash cans at the campground, and campers are required to pack out their own trash. The surrounding Preserve is closed a half hour after sunset, and campers are required to remain in the campground after that time.
Fun loving mountain bike riders. looking for an excuse to ride all weekend. We rented all the camp sites. Currently our group is ~8-10 people. We can accomodate another 4-6.
We will have transportation of our goods up to the campsite but not down (must carry goods and garbage out). So water and food are good bets to have the truck pack up Friday night. All goods to be transported need to be dropped off Friday am--location TBD
You will need tent, sleeping bag, bike, food, and beverages (bring evening drink to share). The trail down to the cars at the montebello parking lot is an undulating single track --so carefully consider what you think you can bike down.
We plan to go up Friday after work to set up camp. Ride all day saturday and Sunday. We will pack up and leave ~3 pm Sunday.
Its a good idea to car pool if possible. We will need car make/model/lic # for permits. Think we need this by Thursday
There is a $2.00/person/night camp fee that will collected at the site (paid to Jeff or Sandi)
Sandi will field questions that come in through Meetup between now and time of departure.