Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Montara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A beautiful trail that overlooks the Pacific. Climb up towards North Peak which can be very steep in sections, and bring your mountain bike if you want to cruise down on the way back. Overlook pristine coastal landscapes from a mountain top that's just a short drive from San Francisco. If you're looking for sun along the fog-bound San Francisco peninsula coastline, then Montara Mountain is the place to head for. Rising almost 2,000 feet above the beaches of Pacifica, here is where the sun often breaks through the clouds. Even when the sun continues to hide, there's still a chance that by the time you hike to the summit you'll be hiking above the clouds.
Very pretty. Parking lot was crowded at 4 on a Sunday (figures) I got a little lost, which is pretty typical for me, maybe others won't have the same problem. Definately wouldn't consider this "hard." More easy-moderate. A few steep sections but they are brief and infrequent. Would be a killer cardio workout on a mountain bike. Didn't go the last .5 miles because it looked like the view didn't change much & it was getting dark. Was enjoyable & pretty, not too crowded once you made it out a bit from the parking lot. Would definately do again.
It's a nice climb to the top and the views are great. However much of the trail is badly eroded and off camber. Also the downhill grind is fairly boring.
Great hike. Took about 3 hours to finish. Awesome view of the coast. Definitely would do it again!
Perfect hike for 360 ocean views and of the SF peninsula! I have to say while this hike is rated Hard, overall the route was a Moderate level. The only strenuous parts I encountered were the steep inclines (mostly in the beginning, and a few times during the mid-leg). Once I got past those, I felt the route was relatively smooth. It's pretty much a fire road all the way to the summit.
*TIPS: Bring extra layers, it can get chilly with the sea breeze towards the tops. Go on a clear day so you can get the full experience of the oceanic views. Those steep inclines I mentioned, may get slick on the way down if you go on a dry, summer day. Stick to Spring or Fall for this trail.
**Optional: instead of opting for the marked summit past the radio towers (which is a small area covered by small shrubs-- and slightly anti-climatic), there's a short dirt trail that forks off (maybe 7 mins before the final stretch to the actual summit trail). Explore a neat little alcove/"cave" and an epic ocean view (if you continue the dirt trail behind the "cave").