Looking for a great trail in McNee Ranch State Park, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in McNee Ranch State Park ranging from 3.3 to 7 miles and from 78 to 1,886 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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McNee Ranch State Park is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in San Mateo County, approx. 20 miles south of San Francisco and eight miles north of Half Moon Bay on Highway One. The highest point in this park rises to 1,898 feet above sea level, and contains extensive biodiversity where endangered species such as Hickman's potentilla, San Mateo thornmint, and Acanthomintha duttonii are found. On clear days the summit provides spectacular views of much of the San Francisco Bay Area. There are two beach access points from the bluff area. One access is across from Second Street. The second access is located about a half-mile north on the ocean side of Highway 1. Please note that the paths down to the beach are steep. Hours: 8am to sunset.

hiking
no shade
scramble
1 month ago

Tons of bunnies and beautiful views. Trail fully exposed going from paved to dirt condition with a lot of mountain bikers and few dogs. bring hat, water and hope the sea breeze picks up to refreshen you

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

Awesome hike! The climb up to Montara Mtn. gets pretty steep at parts. And the peak itself was fenced off. The trail named Fly Amanita was a fun scramble down that ended in a steep final drop that proved a little challenging to get down without getting a little dirty. That trail would be really technical on a mtb and there’s a ramp opposite of the final descent to slow you down at the end.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome workout and views! It definitely earns its "hard" rating - I will be feeling the steep ascent we made (on all fours at times) tomorrow. As others have noted, definitely go counter clockwise and definitely download this app on your phone. The trail up is not marked, and this app is your only hope - at one time we wandered into someone's private property and the resident was not happy! Also, I'm pretty sure that a section of the North Peak access road on this route does not exist, and the trail that you have to take adds another mile or so for a total of just under 7 miles. We parked at Montara State Beach, and spent a happy 30 minutes relaxing on the sand after the hike.

Always gorgeous views of the coastline, however the trail is steep with uneven footing in some places so make sure you’re steady on your feet

Absolutely loved this trail! There was one portion near the summit called "the crack" on the map that was Rocky, steep, and a bit challenging but otherwise moderate. The views once you get above the fog are absolutely stunning. Nice bits of shade for parts of the trail, but some long sections are exposed. I enjoyed one section of the trail so much that I looked back to complete it again, and I extended at the far end to explore Gray whale cove-- the views were worth it. 12.87 miles/4h23min. The trail is heavily trafficked by bikes so be sure to listen for them.

This was a fantastic hike but it was more like 7 miles. Definitely download the map and do the route going counterclockwise- we almost got lost a bunch of times because there was almost no signage along the trail and lots of little forks and turnoffs. The first half of the hike was challenging - lots of ups and very steep. The trails were narrow and a bit overgrown. We were grateful for the steps at the top ! We loved the changing foliage and it was very pretty. We had sandwiches up at the top. The descent was super easy in comparison, the trail was wide and well paved. Wonderful morning, we finished in just under four hours.

Going counterclockwise is the key, better to hike in the am as there’s no shade around the peak. Had to check map constantly to make sure I was on the right track. Ocean view was so rewarding :D

Favorite hike yet here in CA. Parking lot filled up quickly. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen-- it was very cloudy at the parking lot but quickly above the clouds and often in direct sun. Definitely recommend going counterclockwise-- you'll avoid some really steep downhills that was and can cool off in some shade on the way back. Some fog had cleared by the end, too, so ocean views were amazing. Clocked 8.6miles and 1981 ft elevation in 3:13. Did a little wandering on some side trails. Will definitely do again.

Completely socked in with fog the whole way when I went. Great plant variety and easy walking trail (mostly wide old fire road after the first narrow bit)

Great views. Did counterclockwise. Path in (about half a mile) was single track with a lot of poison oak on both sides. Rest of the path is very wide gravel or paved.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with good variety. Only change is that I would not call it lightly traffics. I went into smaller side trails and still encountered quite a few other people.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

This trail is definitely more difficult than “moderate” – in parts it is quite challenging. We started off hiking clockwise along Old San Pedro Mountain Road, which is paved and reasonably well maintained, and popular with mountain bikers and dog walkers. When we reached the junction of The Mile we decided to do the next part counterclockwise, which I am very glad that we did - as other reviewers have noted, The Mile is steep and scrabbily and it would have been much more difficult to navigate the decline than it was to climb up it. The next section takes you on the San Pedro Mountain Trail, which wide enough for only one person most of the way, and has spectacular views. Then came the hard part! The hike switches back onto Burnside, which is not at all maintained, and is very difficult. The terrain is steep in parts, and mostly overgrown. Thistles and blackberry will snag you along much of the way, so I would highly recommend wearing long pants, and not shorts. After Burnside, it’s a relief to get back onto Old San Pedro Mountain Road. It is paved for much of the way down, and made for a pleasant hike back to the starting point. We stayed on the road, and didn’t take Boy Scout back to the bottom, as we were pretty worn out by the trails by that time. We did the hike on a weekday so we didn’t pass many bikers – those we did see where on their way uphill on the Old San Pedro Mountain Road. It would be terrifying to be climbing The Mile and have a bike hurtling down towards you, particularly as the trail is very narrow in some parts.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Did this at 5pm, lovely in the fog.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
2 months ago

This was a fairly simple trail. The hike started in fog but it was soon burned off by the sun. As you climb higher it begins to get very hot and can easily get 75-80 degrees with no wind. Take lots of water. Great views

Steep climb up but nice way back. Beautiful wildflowers.

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