Explore the most popular trail running trails in McNee Ranch State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The views are amazing! Hiking shoes and sticks recommended!

The views on the way up are beautiful. Lots of greenery and sea views. Wear shoes with good tread, and bring water with you.

Incredible view of the entire peninsula, amazing what you can see from up there. Asphalt much of the way which was a bit hard on the feet.

Great training route, the Crack Crack trail near the summit has some challenging terrain.

A great trail with incredible ocean views and the shortest (and steepest) way to the top of Montara Mountain.

Just FYI, the Alta Vista portion of this loop is closed to bikes.

Beautiful trail!
Lots of coast, big waves stunning view, and valley view!
Some flower on the way, and beach right next to the trail head, so you can relax after you finish the trail.

Parking has 2 layers, there is a dirt road on the left of the lower layer for you to go up, plenty spaces available.

Bring your jackets! Very windy especially you get to top.

Climbing up is a good workout, coming down if a bit challenge for knees.

- Parking: plentiful; there is parking right at the base of hike entrance
- Restrooms: 2 portable bathrooms at parking lot
- Shoes: recommend anything with good tread, since the trails are quite pebbly / sandy
- Views: I love that this hike has views in multiple different directions, and you can go above the clouds!
- Coverage: almost completely exposed. Use sunscreen and hats.
- Other things I wish I knew: (1) Summit does not have grassy patches for sitting nor tables; if you have lunch there, I recommend bringing blanket (2) The view is beautiful on a slightly foggy / cloudy day (3) Wear shoes with good tread

The trail is very well marked and not too difficult for even beginner- intermediate hikers.

The view from the top is amazing. On a clear day you can see all the way out to SF and the Golden Gate bridge.

On your way up, take a small detour to see Jeff Cave. It's worth the extra time.

The road to Adobe Drive in Pacifica used to be known as Planet of the Apes Road by mountain bikers. Old road grade from McNee is easy to intermediate viewpoint for a short workout. Leaves out the final leg to Montara Mtn. About 1.5 hours.

Good vegetation variety. Beautiful views. A lot is on a fire road which is a bit less cool and the top view isn’t the best view but this is a hike about the journey vs the summit. Nice.

Pretty strenuous uphill areas but worth the view. Went on a warm day, watch out for snakes!

Great trail! Loved the views, especially the first leg with views back to the water, and the view from the very top. On the way back, I almost missed the turn off from the North Peak Access Road, and I found the quarter mile down through the forest to the Pedro Mountain Road to be pretty tough (but I suppose that is why the trail is rated hard).

Beautiful clear day today. Could see as far as the Farallones and across the Bay to Mt. Diablo. Gusty winds at some sections. Don’t much care for the paved roads but overall a good exhilarating climb.

Pretty steep climb but the view of the ocean is spectacular!

Really steep in sections, huge payoff!

It should be rated as moderate instead of hard. Part of the challenge is not the steepness of trail. It’s just that trail is too slippery with bits and pieces of sand soil and gravels. Scenery is ok not fantastic. Trail is mainly exposed in sun. Not that comfortable. Probably not be back next time. Do also notice some part of trail u could smell strong animal wastes.

On the bright side. It was good exercise!

Excellent trail. Not that hard even though it climbs up steadily

Loved how it was broken up into thirds. First part was fairly easy, second more rigorous, and the third leveled out a bit. Gorgeous views of Half Moon Bay and would definitely do it again.

Very steep in some sections. Great workout! Basically a dirt road. Went on a very cloudy day with the sun nowhere in site. As soon as I got to the top it was a sunny day. Amazing.


Went the full loop, ended up being about 9 miles. So beautiful!

Climbed Montara with my son 9-23-17. Great day for the views of the bay, city, and Peninsula, as the day was extremely clear. While the views were nice, this hike was on road and didn't find the loop. We agreed on this hike rating a 6 out of ten.

Pretty gentle up and downhills, but not much of a trail (mostly an old asphalt road)

Nice reasonably challenging uphill in the first 2 miles and made me feel I got in some good exercise when I reached the top. Downhill side was prettier because part of it passed through a shaded treelined area. The peak does have a few ugly man-made structures on it and no great place to sit out of the way to have a snack & check out the view before heading down. Overall though, I'd do it again.

It was foggy down below and super sunny above. Nothing much to see in the middle parts of the hike. Nice views at the top and at the bottom.

I didn't reach the peak but I'll definitely try again.

Parking at trail head is limited (maybe only 4 cars). But can walk to free Montara state beach parking down hwy 1 a couple minutes away.

Beautiful views of city and ocean on clear day.

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