Hazelnut Trail and Weiler Ranch Loop

MODERATE 213 reviews

Hazelnut Trail and Weiler Ranch Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacifica, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.2 miles Elevation Gain: 885 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

fee

no dogs

This route offers great views. The trail has multiple switchbacks and can be steep in sections. It can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Was a nice hike! We did the Hazelnut trail in the counter clockwise direction. It’s not too steep and the trail looks different at different points.

hiking
1 month ago

views are meh ok hike tho

running
2 months ago

Easy trail for hiking or trail running. Lots of beautiful nature and only few people that pass by.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy trail - gradual uphill at the start but nothing too strenuous before a steady downhill at the end. We finished it in less than 2 hours with only a few short breaks.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail with a good steady 2 mile climb to the summit. Foggy day, so I didn't see the views but I'll definitely be back on a clear day.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful intermediate trail. Not much shade going up. Clean bathrooms in visitor center open 10-4 sat & sun

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice trail with a hard packed path. The parking lot charges $6 per car, but on a weekday when I was there, street parking was plentiful. I did the loop in. Clockwise direction, and the elevation gain is a little slower that way.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a great trail. Fast hike uphill and run downhill

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Amazing trail! Lots of scenery change. From open space to ridge views to a cool tree grove and lush greenery at the bottom! Trail is about 4.5 miles. Went Friday after work.

hiking
6 months ago

i have revised my rating to 2 because I got poison oak. Gorgeous views. Lots of wildflowers. Fabulous Eucalyptus forest at the top that you walk through. Did counter clockwise. Walked 1.75 miles up, which is exactly what I like. BUT, I didn’t love the mostly narrow, single lane path with the dozen or so hikers or runners that I needed to pass by. Made me feel like I was on a well traveled versus less traveled path. Also, the path itself (while often narrow-ish) is a bit overgrown and not completely flat as water must run down the middle of it when it rains. Both sides of the path are lined with a lot of poison oak. Make sure you have on long pants and socks, and shower and wash clothes immediately after the hike. I don’t want to discourage anyone from enjoying this hike - if they aren’t allergic to poison oak - as it really is pretty.. This trail doesn’t allow bikes or pets, only hikers & runners.

hiking
6 months ago

lots of switchbacks, cool views. part of it on a paved trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike , nice steady up hill . A little muddy from the recent rain . 6$ to park, I just parked down the hill on the rows for free .

7 months ago

good amount of up and down, lovely spring wildflowers along the way. great views from the top.

hiking
8 months ago

Good and short - benches along the way - views are good

hiking
8 months ago

Great amount of elevation for a 2-hour hike. A bit out of breath at times but could still carry on a conversation. $6 entrance fee, visitor’s center and bathrooms available.

hiking
9 months ago

Loved it. Add valley view to make your journey longer.

hiking
Sun Dec 09 2018

The Hazelnut Trail is a steady incline for the first 2 miles, the switchbacks make it easier. Saw rabbits, chipmunks, lots of deer. This December day started partly cloudy with intermittent sunshine. Made for a beautiful day!

hiking
Sun Aug 26 2018

We love this hike! It was early in the morning when we started, although the fog covered the sight, it's never a disappointment because you'll appreciate the beauty it made.

running
Fri Aug 17 2018

A nice mix of flora and fauna that changes as you ascend and descend. Loved it!

Mon Jul 30 2018

It was really beautiful with great views.

hiking
Fri Jul 20 2018

Extend out your distance by adding Valley View trail to the end. Great views very quiet trail, a delight.

Fri Jul 20 2018

Great trail. Very diverse from one side to the other. Not listed as a mountain biking trail. Found out the hard way in the last 1/2 mile when an old lady let me have it! Beautiful for hiking!

hiking
Wed Jul 04 2018

A favorite loop hike especially from Spring to June when wildflowers are still in bloom. For a moderate ascent this trail has it all: dramatic terrain adjacent to Montara Mountain, sweeping views of the San Pedro Valley, Pacific Ocean & Sweeney Ridge. The NATIVE flora is diverse and interesting - Check out the "FriendsofSanPedroValley.org" website for species lists. Some of the single track switchbacks have thick vegetation so get narrow by mid-spring but Park Maintenance has been through and widened recently.

hiking
Mon Mar 19 2018

Nice gradual climb with some expansive views at points

hiking
Mon Mar 19 2018

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
Sun Mar 04 2018

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) .

Sun Feb 04 2018

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

Mon Jan 08 2018

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

hiking
Thu Oct 26 2017

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!

hiking
Mon Sep 18 2017

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).

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