McNee Ranch State Park is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County, approx. 20 miles south of San Francisco and eight miles north of Half Moon Bay on Highway One. The highest point in this park rises to 1,898 feet above sea level, and contains extensive biodiversity where endangered species such as Hickman's potentilla, San Mateo thornmint, and Acanthomintha duttonii are found. On clear days the summit provides spectacular views of much of the San Francisco Bay Area. There are two beach access points from the bluff area. One access is across from Second Street. The second access is located about a half-mile north on the ocean side of Highway 1. Please note that the paths down to the beach are steep. Park closes at sunset.
This is a fairly easy hiking trail. I took my 6 month old puppy with me for the first time and he loved it! Amazing views throughout the first half of the trail. We ended up walking to the beach right after! This is definitely somewhere I will be going again!
Breath taking views if you can catch it on a sunny day and literally breath taking as it is a long, long tough hill. Only downside is partly paved and foggy way too much of the time... On a clear day you can see the Faralons pretty easy.....
Marian O. on Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Tr...
very steep. you walk on a road, and the view of the ocean is behind you most of the time. it was too cloudy to see a good view from the top.
This trail was awesome for trail running. Great views of the ocean while going along the side of the hill. I joined up with another trail that did a loop and intersected gray whale trail again. Running, the whole thing took 30 minutes I could've gone longer as there were more trails available to go higher up. Perfect for a morning warm-up.
Madh K. on Gray Whale Cove Trail
Honestly it's a beautiful hike but the trail is pretty dirty with trash / evidence of humans. If you're looking for isolation / quiet hike this is not the trail for you. Road noise nearby and many people. Beautiful views of the ocean though!
Good hike. The first mile is basically a downhill mountain bike track, jumps, burms and all, so keep your head up and be ready to move. I went on a saturday and there were about a dozen bikers. Other than that, typical bay area hike, good views, some fog, wildflowers, trees.
Niel M. on Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Tr...
Awesome hike tough hills
Great hearty hike to the top of Montara Mountain. Spectacular views when clear. Often very windy and foggy to keep you cooled. It's all fire road so it can be slippery gravel on steep parts on the way down. Take first half for views but to the top for a real steep, cardio workout. Hiked quickly in 3 hours.