Chalk Mountain is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pescadero, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and trail running.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,601 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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A wonderful hike through many different ecological zones.  You start in a shady redwood canyon with a cool breeze and quickly climb into warmer but still north facing slopes.  About half way up the hill you are treated to the first of two spectacular overlooks.  Near the top of the climb you hit the upper overlook with views out to Pigeon Point Lighthouse,  then you transition into manzanita scrub and sunny ridges interspersed with some pine forests.  The hike ends at the location of an old fire tower.

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2 months ago

Good sweat, straight up until you reach the fire road. Check the forecast, if it’s clear you can see 360 degrees and the ocean below. Gorgeous hike and not too busy for a Saturday if you go early.

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2 months ago

The first section of the trail was in a beautiful Redwood forrest which was rather peaceful and serene. We only saw 3 people on this part of the trail however this section is only about a mile and a half and then you come out of the forrest onto a dirt road. This later section of the trail was basically just hiking on an old dirt road so not as aesthetically appealing. Nice view from up top and a good solid day hike. I would consider this more a moderate day hike than hard as listed.

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4 months ago

Went on a Saturday and only ran into 2 hiking groups and two mountain bikers. First portion is nice shaded switchbacks with little off shoot views to take breaks along the way and look out at the ocean. Second half is great views of the hills to one side and the ocean to the other. Also the last 2 miles of the drive to the trailhead is on kind of a bumpy dirt road, which most cars should be able to handle but just in case be aware.

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10 months ago

Brought my hiking group up on a perfect day - I always plan around CLEAR WEATHER for this hike. Near the top of my list of favorite hikes in San Mateo County - although its not for everyone. Hardest part is the first mile - you climb 1000+ feet on a switchback trail in the shaded woods; it helps to stop at the lookouts and catch your breath or suck on an orange slice. Once you get up on the road, the landscape completely changes to knob pines, chinquapins & "the Chalks." For the most part you'll be trailing on top of the ridge as you head to Chalk Mtn and its terrific "backdoor" views of Big Basin SP. At Chalk Mtn. there's a radio tower and a toilet (a "Loo with a View") & brief cell reception. If you want a picnic table, walk west of the radio tower on the small flat hill above the road. You return the way you came to your parking spot on Whitehouse Road (technically your starting place is in Ano Nuevo State Preserve.) Don't forget to bring WATER!

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