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great views of the area. about two areas with steep elevation gain. there is a little network (3) of trails that can get a little confusing, so be sure to download the map. took us about 4 hours with time for pictures and resting. no reception in the parking lot, but spotty through out the trail.

Very well kept trails. Not so crowded. Steep slopes at beginning of Rhus Ridge and at end of Black Mountain trails. Beautiful sceneries of trees, meadows and the Silicon Valley. Roughly about 9.5miles long 3.5hrs walk.

Very pleasant in the winter if not raining.

Good training for the big boys like shasta or whitney. lots of elevation gain. took me 4.5 hours to do it all and i was beat.

Great hike close to town. Mix of woods and chaparral. Often see birds and bunnies. Lots of lizards on warm days. As noted, first and last sections are so lucky steep.

Hard to find parking on weekends but can park at Foothill College.

Really good hike. The hike gets really steep towards the north peak. Recommended to do it early in the day so you are done by noon.

Steep and beautiful views.

Very steep coming up or down from parking area...but not so steep that I had to slide on my butt.

Hidden gem sandwiched in between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Beautiful coastal views. Not as hectic as other over hyped trails in the area. Nice Fresh air. You might spot a whale or two on the lower end.

Beautiful and eerie pre-dawn October run up Montara Mountain. After heading out from the TH, I dropped down a bit and took the old road around a half mile in. About 2 miles in to the climb the trail gets a bit steep, but is non-technical and easy to follow even in the dark. I continued to climb up through and above the marine layer, feeling like I was in the Lost Boys. After about 4 miles, I reached the North Peak and took the fast decent back down.

awesome views and decent hike

hiking
2 months ago

The views are okay and the incline, with hardly any shade, definitely deserves the hard rating. But I saw a lot of wildlife and the sunset was great.

hiking
2 months ago

Scenery: 3.5
Views: 4
Difficulty: 5
Crowds: 2
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

A full moon hike and an epic golden hour, beautiful to every extent possible. Started 4 pm from the parking lot and loop took close to 9 hrs with an hr break to catch the sunset and moonrise. Definitely must do in every season!!

Got right up on the North Ridge- way above the fog

Good route. I've done other hikes from Grey Whale Cove this was the first deserving of the hard rating. The combination of the two steep sections and that you tackle the entire 2k incline in the first part of the hike keeps you on your toes.

I chose to hike up to the peak and then run down, with a few exceptions where it was too steep to run and stay in control.

Great hike with gorgeous views of the peninsula. From the top, you'll be able to see Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais off in the distance. There are two really steep sections of the trail. Namely, the section right at the beginning near the parking lot area and the last section of the Fly Amanita trail (the narrow one with a bunch of switchbacks that goes through a forested section) before you meet up with Old San Pedro Mountain Road. It wasn't easy getting down the latter (which was at least a 50-degree slope)—we had to slide down the dirt right at the junction.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this loop on 8/17 but did not take the short trail up to Mt Sizer. It was warm and 92F in the afternoon. It is best to start as early as possible. We took 3L of water and probably could have used 4L.
The views from the Blue Ridge are awesome. Last year we could see the Sierras.
The shortcut and Poverty Flat were very hard work and we stopped several times to cool off. Relentless is the adjective to describe them. We did not see anyone on the entire loop.
I highly recommend the loop. It has terrific views and is challenging for most. I would avoid warm >80F days for the loop.

this is pretty similar to Mission Peak but with way better views and less people. definitely go before noon because it'll get hot. at a moderate pace finished in about 2 hours.

Challenging but manageable- just the right amount of steeps

trail running
4 months ago

Great after work run, mostly shaded but with some good vantage points over the Bay on the way up. The summit isn’t overwhelming but on a clear day you’d be able to see the Pacific but the remaining 364 days of the year you’ll at least be able to enjoy a cloud inversion over the coast.

First 2km and the final 2km before the summit are the most difficult.

Did this hike in the middle of July 2018 on a day that was quite hot. Much of the trail goes along roads which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how rugged you want your hike to be. We passed many trucks on our hike but not a single hiker to be seen. We went through jackass trail which had groves of poison oak growing next to and on the trail but this area is starkly beautiful as you're walking through a charred oak forest "graveyard".

The trail is about 60% covered by oaks and manzanita, but 40% is pretty exposed so make to wear sunscreen. Also note that the water table is low so the water pumps are all empty so the only water you have is what you take with you.

Overall this is a hike best left for spring when the weather isnt as oppressive. You'll need every bit of help going through the shortcut and poverty flat at the end. The trails arent too rugged so it makes for clear directions but less intimate exploration.

Enjoyed this trail system. I've done all of it a few times.

Nice views while hiking, however trail was not so great. Ending was terrible as it was just telephone lines and machines. Very foggy and humid throughout hike. I wouldn’t make this place a priority hike

Start early, not much shade, bring lots of water, it was ok

This is one of the trail we like the most and hiked the most. It may be quite challenging for the beginners. The steep hike gives you great workout, the best hike near Los Gatos in the winter time. I wouldn’t recommend for a very hot day because most of the trail has no shades.

This was incredibly hard in the middle of summer...as everyone says, bring plenty of water!! At least 4 liters. You’ll need every drop. This trail is relentless!

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