Photos of Chalk Mountain

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,601 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
2 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!