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Best trails in Montara State Beach

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

Montara State Beach is a popular location for visitors who can explore the beach tide pools or go surf fishing. The beach is bounded by low hills both to the north and south. Restaurants and grocery stores are nearby. Point Montara has a lighthouse that offers overnight accommodations. It is operated by Hostelling International, a non-profit group. Montara Mountain (also called McNee Ranch) is part of Montara State Beach. The mountain is a northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found over 100 miles of coastline. The beach is located eight miles north of Half Moon Bay and 20 miles south of San Francisco on Highway One. The day-use area is open from 8am to sunset. Dogs are permitted provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times. No beach fires are allowed.

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Map of trails in Montara State Beach
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
650-726-8819
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Top trails (2)
#1 - Gray Whale Cove Trail
Montara State Beach
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Grey Whale Trail has an interesting origin. It was first named "Half Moon Bay- Colma Road" and was the original road built by San Mateo County over San Pedro Mountain in 1879. Designed for Horse WagonShow more
#2 - Old Colma Road Loop
Montara State Beach
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
This loop covers a variety of historical paths. As you leave the lot and head through the gate north, you pass through a long straight road corridor. This was cut by the Ocean Shore Railroad (1908-192Show more