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Black Mountain (2,812 feet summit of Santa Cruz Mountains)

  • 11th & P Parking Lot

    P St & 11th St, Sacramento, CA (map)

    38.573307 -121.494995

  • DIFFICULTY: Intermediate/Advanced.

    DISTANCE: 9.6 miles out and back.

    ELEVATION: 2,280 feet gain/then loss

    TOTAL HIKE TIME : 5 hrs.


    CARPOOL LOCATION: Target on 4th Ave off of HWY 50.

    DRIVING TIME: 2 hours in ligth traffic.

    DIRECTIONS: From Target on[masked]th Ave;

    1.Head west on 4th Ave toward 65th,

    2.Use right 2 lanes to turn right onto 65th ST,

    3.Use the right lane to merge onto US-50 west via ramp to San Francisco/Reno/Stockton,

    4.Merge onto US-50 west,

    5.Continue onto 1-80BUS/US-50 west,

    6.Keep left to continue on 1-80BUS west,

    7.Merge onto 1-80 west,

    8.Keep right to stay on 1-80 west, follow signs for San Francisco,

    9.Use the left 3 lanes to take Exit 1A for US 101 south toward San Jose,

    10.Use the rigth 2 lanes to take Exit 423B for I-380 west toward San Bruno/I-280,

    11.Continue onto 1-380 west,

    12.Use the left 2 lanes to take Exit 5B for Interstate 280 south toward San Jose,

    13.Merge onto I-280 south,

    14.Take Exit 16 toward Moody Rd,

    15.Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Foothill College/Moody Rd/Monte Road west,

    16.Merge onto El Monte Rd,

    17.Turn left onto Moody Road,

    18.Continue on Moody Road for 1.7 miles and destination will be on the left at 26870 Moody RD, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.

    PARKING: $5.00

    ESSENTIALS: Sun protection gear, water, salty snacks, and windbreakers/sweaters for possible morning fog.

    HIKING DESCRITION: This mountain has three different trailheads that leads to the Black Mountain Trail, which acsents to the summit and is suitable for intermediate and advanced hikers. We will hike from one of the three different trailheads on the eastern slope of Black Mountain in the Hidden Villa farm area. The following link below has info for the trailtrails in Hidden Villa , Windbreakers or sweaters are recommended in case we encounter fog or overcast, especially on the western slopes. And the temperature can warm after the fog burn out during midday or afternoon. And we might get cool breezes from the SF Bay.

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  • Kim K. A.

    Hiking in the Rain we go regardless this weekend.


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