hiking

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Hours: Opens at 8AM every day. Closing times vary by season: December - February: 5:00 P.M. March (before Daylight Savings Time starts) : 6:00 P.M. March (after Daylight Savings Time starts): 7:00 P.M. April - August 8:00 P.M. September (through Labor Day): 8:00 P.M. September (beginning the day after Labor Day): 7:00 P.M. October (first week[s] of October): 7:00 P.M. October (last three weeks of October): 6:00 P.M. November (before Daylight Saving Time ends): 6:00 P.M. November (after Daylight Saving Time ends): 5:00 P.M.

Really beautiful trail. Lots of wild flowers but LOTS of poison oak at bottom of trail. Very sunny.

Best to run in the morning as there is no shade on the trail.

hiking
20 days ago

You can park at the bottom in the park for $6 (cash only).

Hike up is a pretty continuous 11% grade. You start in a small forest of trees with lots of birds and flowers. It’s somewhat humid inside the tree forest.

About 1/2 way up you reach the edge of the park and enter another wilderness area (forgot the name). There’s a sign that warns you to be back to your car by 5pm but in the summer time you actually have until 8pm.

About 2/3 of the way up there is an overlook with great views. A little beyond that you reach an access road to the summit. I often turn around here if it’s too windy or cold or too warm. The weather can vary greatly day to day. So this is a good place to turn around.

The summit walk isn’t too bad and maybe slightly less steep than the rest of the trail.

Views are great almost all the way up the trail.

My new all-time favorite Bay Area trail. Good ascent. Good elevation. Marine cool. Worth the drive.

hiking
22 days ago

Really nice! I'd actually recommend hiking this one on a cloudier day instead of a sunny day so that the sun isn't beating down on you. Luckily for this hike, that's most days over here. It starts at a convenient parking lot ($6 entry fee to the park, but you can find parking on the street outside as well. Please support our parks if you can though.) with restrooms just by the trailhead, to the right of the entrance.

From here, you'll wind up through a nice Eucalyptus grove then onto some rockier terrain with some scrub brush and beautiful flowers in the Spring. The bulk of the hike is through this type of flora. As far as fauna goes, there are deer sometimes and it looked like there was some Bobcat scat (I saw a Bobcat on a nearby trail so that'd make sense). The first half of the trail is more single track or slightly wider, and the top half is wider.

On a foggy day near about 2/3 of the way up, you can begin to feel like you're in the Andes, or at least that's how it seemed to me. Really gorgeous scenery on this hike, and at some points you can see both the bay and the ocean at once.

Difficulty-wise, I'd say that this is an 8/10 for the Bay Area. The views are completely worth it.

Also, if you hike this on a hotter and/or sunny day, I highly recommend bringing lots of water.

hiking
28 days ago

Great trail with a nice forest setting at the bottom and rock exposure near the top; great views unless the fog rolls in, can get windy and chilly near the summit

2 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike with slight but constant elevation on way up. Recommend coming down on same trail (vs doing loop) and only doing the Brooks Creek trail vs Montara.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice gradual climb with some expansive views at points

on Hazelnut Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Went counterclockwise on the Hazelnut Trail, finishing back to the parking lot via Weiler Ranch Trail. First mile or so wasn't great: lots of highway noises and nearby houses. Then things improved with scenic valley and ocean views. Overall, it was a pretty good hike. $6 to park.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked in the rain and hail today ... this is my local trail and definitely a must .. well groomed and beautiful. Nice incline .. once finished I continued back on Weiler Ranch and took the Valley View trail ... all in all about 6 miles . Nothing like hiking in the rain ( I was prepared for it) .

hiking
3 months ago

An easy to moderate climb with well worn footpaths, gorgeous views of coast line, San Francisco and even a glimpse of GGB. Love the less trafficked upper trail with more exposed rocks and a wonderful view of the steep rock faces of the mountain.

I got there just before 9am and there were only two other vehicles there. I went alone and felt totally safe and absolutely loved it. It was uphill the whole time but it wasn’t crazy or too hard! Take water, for sure! And by the time I finished at 11, there were quite a few more vehicles and I was passing other people and could hear others on the trail. If you want more of a quiet solo hike, start early.

hiking
4 months ago

The trailhead has multiple hiking options. It costs $6 to park. We hiked the 2.5-mile loop trail on Montara Mountain, which was nicely shaded and had good views, including an ocean view and bench at the top. It was a pleasant, easy hike. Gently up a mile, then down 1.5.

hiking
4 months ago

A great hike with stunning views. We parked the car on the street since the Park closes at 5pm. It can be a strenuous hike. Take plenty of water.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail. Our 11-yr old and 8-yr old did it with us. Uphill half the way. Mostly covered until you get to the top. Ocean views abound. Highly recommended

Amazing views!!!

Season waterfall

Great hike! Beautiful! Remember if you park in the lot at the base it’s 6 dollar self pay.

hiking
5 months ago

All in all a pretty good trail, arrived about 1230 and hiked till about 5, Trail is pretty well maintained and good for running as well as hiking, enjoyed the trails that we took, next time will arrive earlier to experience more of the trails available.. will definitely come again.

Great trail with beautiful views.

Great hike. Very few people using the trail. I would not rate this as difficult. Nice uphill hike not too steep. Great views.

hiking
7 months ago

Hike took place on a warm weekday in late October. The trail was lightly traveled. I saw more California Quail than other fellow hikers. I started the hike at the entrance close by the nicely kept up visitor center near the parking lot. Note that the actual length of the Hazelnut Trail is 3.7 miles long. The end of the trail dumps out on to Weiler Ranch Trail. Weiler Ranch Trail is actually an old gravel farm road that after a pleasant enough level walk between two valleys leads you back to the parking lot and visitor center about one mile away. The Hazelnut Trail provides a good workout. It is all up and then down. At the start of the trail I ran into three wild turkeys and a buck deer that were having a standoff on the trail. The trail is wide and well maintained. There are trail makers along the way that indicate how far you have hiked. Very nice. You hike up to a enchanted eucalyptus forest that provides a good place to rest and smell the fragrant leaves and nuts of the trees. Funny, even though eucalyptus tress are non-native trees to California, they are in my mind are as much of the state’s landscape as our redwood trees, Monterey cypress, Joshua trees, and giant sequoias. How these trees were established here at a elevation of 900 feet (the trail starts at about 200 feet) where there are no roads or manmade structures is strange. Excellent views of Montara Mountain to the south and the glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and Mount Tamalpais to the west and north. The trail then leads to steep downward switchbacks to Weiler Ranch Trail. San Pedro Valley County Park offers excellent restrooms. I am glad my tax dollars are well spent!

beautiful trail. not too busy. spectacular hillside views.

Nice hike. Loved it. The first half mile has this beautiful eucalyptus trees. Early morning fog + the fragrance of eucalyptus was refreshing. It’s a steady climb but I wouldn’t classify it as hard.

Trail was clear and very well marked. Not too steep. Incredible vistas of the pacific and the city of SF. Perfect morning or afternoon hike. Completed in 2:30.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a moderate trail that goes on a gentle incline mostly for 2 mi, then downhill switchbacks for 1.7 mi (starting from nature trail entrance). Then it meets up with Weiler Ranch Rd trail and it's a flat .75 mi or so back. There is a section of lush eucalyptus forest that's pretty cool. I like it because on a weekday, you'll rarely run into anyone. I've hiked this after work many times and haven't passed a single soul. So if you like solitude you'll get it (less so on weekends).

hiking
8 months ago

I enjoyed this route clockwise even though I intended to go counter based on others comments. It was more crowded than I had hoped/expected based on others reviewers...but it was a sunny Sunday midday and pleasant anyway. I would definitely do this again for another short two hour hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail, pretty good workout but definitely not hard. Views are just okay hence the 3 star rating.

hiking
9 months ago

Dirt trail through a canyon to the summit looking out over Linda Mar Blvd to the ocean. It meets the Montara Mountain trail and winds down with switch backs through a forested area. The views are beautiful, starting with the quiet canyon, then from the summit you see the valley, and the ocean. There are benches a long the way to sit and take in the scenery. Saw lots of rabbits, lizards, and birds. Only 1 or 2 other hikers, but that was it. The elevation is 1646, not 646. I think they missed a "1" Took us about 1.5 hours with stops along the way. Great trail!

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