Photos from an April 2002 hike at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
(click on any image for a larger view)
Start
Start, at the north end of the parking lot
Near Page Mill Road
Near Page Mill Road
Curve
At a curve, the trail veers away from the road
Rutted trail
The trail is rutted here
Filaree on the hillside
Filaree flowers on the hillside
Deer
Deer
White Oak Trail
White Oak Trail
Junction
Junction
White Oak Trail
White Oak Trail
Madrone
Madrone tree in bloom
Star thistle along the trail
The right side of the trail is completely overtaken with star thistle, making the grass look drab even in spring
Flower
Flowers
Switchback
First of a series of switchbacks
Heading down into the canyon
Heading down into the canyon
Curve
Another curve
Mule ear sunflowers
Mule ear sunflowers
Shade
Shaded stretch
Bridge
Down in the canyon
Western heart's ease
Western heart's ease
White Oak Trail
White Oak Trail
Junction
Junction
Descending
Descending
Junction
Junction with Stevens Creek Nature Trail
Stevens Creek Nature Trail
Stevens Creek Nature Trail
Bridge
One of several bridge along the trail
Narrow stretch
This narrow stretch was reshaped by a landslide a few years ago
     Coltsfoot
     Coltsfoot
Climbing out of the canyon
Climbing out of the canyon
Junction
Junction
Baby blue eyes
Baby blue eyes
Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail
Grassy section
Grassy section
View uphill
View uphill
Woods
Back in the woods for another short bit
Junction
Junction
Indian Creek Trail
Indian Creek Trail
     Clematis
     Clematis
Ascending
Ascending
Good views from the trail
There are good views south from the trail along here
View
View south
View back
View back down the trail
Still climbing
Still climbing
A cottonwood on the side of the trail
A cottonwood sits on the side of the trail
Approaching the ridge
Approaching the ridge
Junction
Junction
Path to backpack camp
Path to backpack camp
Approaching camp
Approaching camp
Heading north
Heading north
Junction
Junction
Junction
Junction with hilltop path
Heading to the top
Heading to the top
Hilltop
Hilltop
View north
Johnny-jump-ups and a view north
     Popcorn flowers
     Popcorn flowers
     Fiddleneck
     Fiddleneck
Returning downhill
Returning downhill
View
View
Old Ranch Trail
Old Ranch Trail
Curving around the top of a ravine
Curving past the top of a forested ravine
Sticking close to the ridgeline
Sticking close to the ridgeline
Blue and white lupines along the trail
Bicolor lupines along the trail
Old RanchTrail
Gorgeous view northwest
Junction
Junction
Bella Vista Trail
Bella Vista Trail
Heading into the shade
Heading into the shade, briefly
Descending
Descending through grassland
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
Bench
Bench on Canyon Trail
Junction
Junction
Path through old orchard
Path through old walnut orchard
Heading back to the trailhead
Heading back to the trailhead
View south
View south
Junction
Junction with Stevens Creek Nature Trail
Returning to the trailhead
Returning to the trailhead





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