Monte Bello is a special hiking spot Casey and I go to near Palo Alto. It is our favorite place because it is never crowded and the loop is just at the appropriate level of difficulty. By the end, I am complaining, and we finish right when Casey gets tired. So it’s a win-win for us non-athletes. It is about a four mile loop. We have found all sorts of mushrooms there, from witches butter to lion’s mane to reishi. Casey even proposed to me there!!! That’s why it’s a such a special place to us. We’ve been back twice since quarantine.
It’s difficult to catch Monte Bello in the ideal conditions because you have to wait for a rainy season. But when you find it in March or April, it can’t be beat.