Best trails in McNee Ranch, California

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Looking for a great trail in McNee Ranch, 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 3 moderate trails in McNee Ranch ranging from 3.3 to 7 miles and from 78 to 1,889 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

McNee Ranch 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.

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Map of trails in McNee Ranch, California
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Top trails (7)
#1 - Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail
McNee Ranch
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
A beautiful trail that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Climb up towards North Peak which can be very steep in sections, and bring your mountain bike if you want to cruise down on the way back. Overlook pristine coastal landscapes from a mountain top that's just a short drive from San Francisco and the Bay area. If you're looking for sun along the fog-bound San Francisco peninsula coastline, then Montara Mountain and McNee Ranch State Park is the place to head for. Rising almost 2,000 feet above the beaches of Pacifica, here is where the sun often breaks through the clouds and sheds light on the uninterrupted coastal views. Even when the sun continues to hide, there's still a chance that by the time you hike to the summit you'll be hiking above the clouds.Show more
#2 - Alta Vista and Montara Mountain Loop
McNee Ranch
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
The best way to approach this trail is to park at Montara State Beach or the McNee Ranch Gate off of Highway 1. It starts off on a dirt road (Old San Pedro Mountain Road), then crosses a bridge and heads through a ranch. After about 0.5 miles, you turn left and head straight up a steep hill towards the mountain. This leads to a little flat area where a mess of rutted dirt roads descend into the trees. Stay generally right/south and look for a steep trail which leads off to the left after a tenth of a mile or so. You are aiming for the water tanks up on Alta Vista Rd. Once there, head left on the road which ends and turns into a good singletrack trail at the Rancho Corral de Tierra sign. This is the start of the Alta Vista Trail. This trail is about 1.5 miles to the top of the peak on steep (up to 40%) grades. The trail wastes no time starting the climb; the first really steep section is about 0.4 miles in, but your way is made a little easier by a series of short switchbacks. Continue climbing, and you'll reach the next very steep section about a mile into the trail. After reaching the top, there is a very short descent to the junction with North Peak Access Road Trail. The trail surface is generally good and is mostly dirt but can be rocky at times. There are many new steps in places which help with the steepness. There are amazing views of the mountains and ocean and you can even see San Francisco from the top.Show more
#3 - Montara Mountain Loop
McNee Ranch
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#4 - San Pedro Mountain Loop via Old San Pedro Road, Burnside, the Mile, and Boyscout
McNee Ranch
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
This trail area is maintained by volunteers. There are no trail signs or markings. Please be aware of what trail you plan on taking ahead of time and you may want to bring the app or downloaded map with you. This is a popular mountain biking route.Show more
#5 - McNee Ranch to Planet of the Apes
McNee Ranch
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
#6 - Old San Pedro Mountain Road / North Peak Trail
McNee Ranch
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h 9 m
Climb to the top pf San Pedro Mountain. Enjoy scenic views of the surrounding hills and the Pacific Ocean. A great place to watch the sunset in the summer. This trail is steep and hot, bring lots of water.Show more
#7 - Gray Whale Cove Trail Loop
McNee Ranch
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m