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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.

hiking
9 days ago

The Hazelnut Trail is a steady incline for the first 2 miles, the switchbacks make it easier. Saw rabbits, chipmunks, lots of deer.
This December day started partly cloudy with intermittent sunshine. Made for a beautiful day!

Make sure to see the Methueulah tree and the sandstone!

Great trail for shade. It's muddy after the rains, and don't expect views, but if you're craving a redwood hike without too many people, this one is for you!

This is my third time hiking in the area and each time I see something new. This is a great workout with stairs and a good mix of ascending/descending, all with a great view. This is also one of the shorter mileage hikes that features the ridge and the beach.

One of my favorites.

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.

Love this trail!

great trail, good to go in the morning. watch out for trail bikes.

This is a beautiful trail with scenic views. Followed the suggestion and went anti clockwise because that helped. This was almost a hard hike.


The distance shows 9.4 miles but that’s wrong. It took about 11 miles to complete. So be aware of that discrepancy. Also make sure you carry plenty of water. You will need it.

Definitely one of the better maintained parks in the area. Trails are clearly marked at every junction, so it’s hard to get lost if you know what trails you’re taking. Beautiful scenery & crosses a few other lovely parks

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.

This is an excellent hike ranging between moderate to hard depending in personal stamina. We did the complete 9.8 mile starting from North ridge, whittmore gulch, purisima Creek, Craig britton, Harkins ridge and back again North ridge.
elevation gain is good towards the last 2 miles. start early as it takes around 5-6 hours to complete

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.

Started at Lands End and just kept going. Beautiful views of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. Recommend that you bring water, snacks, sun screen and a hat. It was cool in the breeze and warm in the sun. Lots of people and bikes as you get closer to the bridge.

Go COUNTER CLOCKWISE! Did the Loop clockwise. Started at 9:15am. First 2/3 of the trail was shaded and scenic. Last 1/3 was steep and full of flies. Definitely a moderate/hard gorgeous hike.

Go all the way to the end of trail above the tunnel if you want some more great views

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

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

Curious urban section in between what is essentially 2 trails. Nice, long walk otherwise.

Solid hike - easy to find TH but not much parking. The good - really amazing views, not a ton of people and enough ups & downs for a solid workout. Keeping from a 5 star - 2+ miles paved road and coming down "the mile" trail was pretty steep with a ton of gravel

I really enjoyed this trail on a beautiful, late summer day -- wildlife, wildflowers and gorgeous views of the coast were among the highlights. At the beginning, I chose to go up "the Mile" which runs alongside the main trail. This was a little more challenging, but provided nicer views of the coast. Just be careful because this is an active downhill bike trail. I didn't have any issues, but the terrain could be a little tricky in spots. Otherwise, the trail itself was pretty easy to navigate. Besides the bikers, I had the trail almost entirely to myself on a Sunday, and the bikers I encountered were respectful. Downsides: The paved parts and the utility wires were a bit of a drag, but the beauty of the trail made up for it. If doing again, I'd skip the Boyscout trail, which was an active mountain bike course, and just go back the way I came up. The part of the trail that includes a bit of out & back -- I recommend turning back sooner than what's indicated on the map, as the trail begins to degrade and there isn't much new to see.

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

hiking
3 months ago

We started at 7:30AM. it was quiet, there are routes when it's a I
little confusing that we have to go back and forth until we hit the right one. we had to go back half way since we were time constraint. but over all, it was a good hike.

We started from the North Ridge trail parking lot. It’s a really great hike with stunning views on the ocean, followed by being surrounded by the redwood trees. Then a rather easy walk along the creek, followed by a steep climb. It’s a proper workout in the end, but a very satisfying hike!

Love it!!! just so nature!!!

good to have on hand at a moments notice where ever you are when you a looking for an activity.
also shows if dogs are allowed before you get there so trips aren't wasted.

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.

Maybe medium trail not hard.
Not very good marked as trail goes through several parking locations but with this app you'll be okay.
Nice shaded trail for 80% of the time.
We end up doing 10 miles not 8.5.

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.

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