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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.

There are so many trails; even though we follow the direction, we still got lost 3 times and had to trek back. At one point the trail showed on the map/GPS doesn’t exist. Wasn’t sure I was going to make it through; but I did, yay! We got some sun, fog, and rain, too during our hike. Was a great hike though - loved it.

This trail was super fun. Was able to run for a good half of it. There is a lot of poison oak though, so long pants and caution is advised. gorgeous views even with fog. Once you get to the top, go to the cave. Much more satisfying than the electric plant on north peak.

We went here yesterday, a Sunday in August, and didn't get onto the trail until around 1pm. We started on the Purisima Creek Trail, which was entirely shaded (which we prefer on a hot day!). There weren't too many other hikers, and we didn't see any horses, although we saw plenty of evidence of them on the trail. Craig Britton is a single file path, and still mostly shaded. There are some beautiful views of the coast and you can see above the fog. Once we got to Harkins trail, we were mostly in the sun and it got pretty hot. It gets more crowded towards the parking lots, and although there were some tourists towards the end of the trail, we didn't see many other hikers during the three hours we hiked. As far as wildlife, we saw some quail, a banana slug, and some other small birds. Can't wait to do it again!

Nice shade throughout. Beautiful change in climate and landscape between Sanborn and Castle Rock. Very hard hike but one of my favorites. Exhausted at the end of it.

Challenging but manageable- just the right amount of steeps

Love Montara Mountain

The part that goes from parking lot to Rodeo Trail is wrong— the path is covered in brush, unmaintained and impassable. I backtracked and went further along the road to get on the trail. After that it was good. Karl the Fog was in full effect. I got lost as usual. Couldnt run strava cos of battery drain but it feels like I ran at least 13.1

Arrived 7:30a on Saturday and snagged the last space in the lot, which can’t hold more than 8-10 cars. Hiked this lovely loop counter clockwise, so I was going downhill on the very steep Haskins Ridge trail. My knees don’t thank me. Did the loop in a bit over 3 hours with lots of photo stops. Lots of second growth Redwoods, ferns, and burbling creeks at the lower elevations. Sunny with views at higher elevations. Didn’t encounter very many people until the last third of the hike. Nothing spectacular, but this was an exceedingly pleasant hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Good workout! Strenuous at places and steep at the end. The abandoned structures are fun to see. Look for antique cars that have fallen off the side of the road.

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

We hiked twice in the last two weeks. First time we stopped at Skyline, because the mist was getting heavier; The second time we were sort of lost as the sign wasn’t quite clear after Skyline. There were many bugs flying around and it was not pleasant at all. We hiked 14.5 miles but only gained 2700 ft of elevation. We liked the first part, the bugs could be due to the hot and humidity.

Overall, the hike is beautiful that has a short climb in the beginning whether you stray as I did by hiking alongside Conzelman Road - or you stay with the trail by crossing Conzelman and pick up the trail across the street. Either way gets you to the same next stage of the hike.

When you get past the circle in the road, you’ll pass on the restrooms and hike for about a mile+ with an easy decline. Ultimately this will take you down to a road where you’ll turn left, cross the street and turn in opposite the horse stables. In about quarter mile, you reach a T where you’ll turn left. Shortly after that you’ll hike for about 2+ miles over a steady incline until you get to the last third of the hike and follow the ridge overlooking Sausalito. I hiked a bit further and had lunch sitting on the only bench on the trail overlooking both Sausalito and Angel Island.

I hiked in mid-July which is considered summer everywhere else but San Francisco and the Marin Headlands. Throughout my hike, the temp was 50-55ish with lots of fog and wind. Nothwithstanding, I recommend the hike and neighboring trails for the classic Marin Headlands experience. The views are breathtaking to locals and visitors alike!

This trail is pretty busy and there are are power lines everywhere. Looking for something more naturey.

nature trips
1 month ago

loved this trail. It's moderately hard, although I didn't end up going all the way up. it's shaded most of the places which makes it more enjoyable and easier to hike uphill..

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve done this hike twice now, once in every direction, in the dead of the summer when the temps are high. About 12.5mi and 2,000ft of elevation. I wouldn’t call it difficult per se, it’s just long. Just under 5.5hrs at a moderate pace with two short stops. What I really enjoy about this loop, is that the majority of it is in the shade with beautiful forest views. Four stars because there really aren’t any breathtaking views from the top, though they are definitely nice - of more forest, as far as the eye can see.

Would gladly go again.

my boyfriend and I did this trail today...very scenic, but when we got to the top I was expecting an awww moment...just a bushel of rocks, however we did hike over to the right and sat in a little rock cave that fit two people ate lunch, not what I thought when you get to the top, i would go back around 1pm or so. The hike up was definitely good exercise glad I had my hiking poles for on the way down. You have to go experience it yourself.

good all around trail but the view can get foggy

Great for mountain biking not much for hiking.

Fantastic hike! The first incline to the tree at the top of the hill (you'll know what I'm talking about) is rough but it will get you geared for the rest of it. Kind of a steady incline to the peak with a few flat runs scattered. Beautiful views. I agree with the poison oak overgrowth at this time of year in the lower/starting areas so definately wear something that covers your arms and legs unless you're lucky enough to not have a poison oak allergy? A highly recommended hike, enjoy!

Great hike, but echo the comments on mileage... my Fitbit said we did 13.1 miles, which when you expect 8.6 was a slog at the end. We went clockwise which meant we took the brutal cataract stairs down, instead of up. I think either direction would be an enjoyable hike though!!

Went on Saturday with my dog. Parking lot was crowded. It was around 11:30am. Still, we had a great time. Got a little confused as the main entrance had a sign for no dogs but then the trail entrance had a sign for dogs allowed on leash. The beginning of the trail is narrow with lots of vegetation on each side. Didn’t see poison oak on that portion but there was definitely some in the first 1.5 - 2 miles. The first 1.5 miles is all steep uphill but there is a stop where most of the people sat down to rest and take in the beautiful scenery of the ocean. The next 2-3 miles is not bad at all, some uphill but not too inclined. Some hikers wearing shorts were turned away by the poison oak. It was a sunny day, not a lot of shadow until you reach the paved trail then you can find some shelter under the trees. The weather was nice, at 69 degrees. At the top of Mt Montara I only saw one tree to find shelter from the sun. Wear your sunscreen! And then prepare those knees for going down. I was kind of in a rush so I cut through the mountain downhill. Had to use my hiking poles to support my knees. But you can try to find some alternative trail that gives you a much decent descent. Great place with awesome views! If you don’t enjoy the crowd or the sunshine on your face I recommend you go early.

Really beautiful trail. Lots of wild flowers but LOTS of poison oak at bottom of trail. Very sunny.

Good hike even in hot weather as 80% of it is in the shade. We really enjoyed the workout and the views. Not crowded at all. Definitely recommend for trail running and for local summer hiking. It took us 6 hours to complete. Download the map - it gets confusing sometimes.

Hiked most of this trail mid May, great hike, didn’t run into too many other people. Take water, there is little to no shade and it gets hot.
When we returned to our car, our windows had been smashed and our belongings stolen. A woman pulled up and said this happened to her at another nearby trail a month or two prior.
I would love to hike this trail again, but can’t risk my car being broken into again.. hiker beware! Do not leave anything in your car!

Great trail! I would highly recommend sunscreen as there is little to no shade. Also, currently as of today, 6/1/2018 there is a lot of poison oak on the trail beginning at the trailhead to about 1/4 mile up the trail. It took me 2.5 hrs up and down, would do it again!

great hike

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