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Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail

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Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Montara, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.0 miles 1584 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A beautiful trail that overlooks the Pacific. Climb up towards North Peak which can be very steep in sections, and bring your mountain bike if you want to cruise down on the way back. Overlook pristine coastal landscapes from a mountain top that's just a short drive from San Francisco. If you're looking for sun along the fog-bound San Francisco peninsula coastline, then Montara Mountain is the place to head for. Rising almost 2,000 feet above the beaches of Pacifica, here is where the sun often breaks through the clouds. Even when the sun continues to hide, there's still a chance that by the time you hike to the summit you'll be hiking above the clouds.

hiking
20 hours ago

Just a great hike. A must do for anyone.

hiking
11 days ago

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.....

22 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail not too bad going up real easy going down.

hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

Hike was beautiful ... A bit overcast which makes for a nice walk... I was sweating but not overheated with the sea mist to cool us off... Went to montara beach after to dip our toes in the water... Was a nice family day !!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike tough hills

2 months ago

Gorgeous views all around

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Good hike with great views !!!

hiking
3 months ago

We run, hike and bike this trail regularly. It never disappoints :). Bring layers as the fog comes and goes. You can watch whale spouts from the trail. Highly recommended.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice ocean views easy trail except last mile or so uphill

hiking
4 months ago

The hike is pretty fun, you have a great view at all times. behind you would be the ocean, and as you keep hiking up more flowers and wildlife appear. My friend and I only hiked up for about an hour and got up to about 1000+ft elevation. most of the trail is a vertical walk I've been on many hikes and know what to expect for my friend this was only her second so we took frequent breaks. you can tell not too many people take these trails, which is a plus. The highlight for me was you can feel the ocean breeze (which cleared my allergies) and at the same time the flowers around you have an incredible sweet smell.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views. Pretty quiet trail.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, great view of ocean, not a long hike but elevation is ~1000 ft, decent exercise if that is what you are looking for

hiking
4 months ago

Fantastic hike!

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing!

walking
5 months ago