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Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail

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McNee Ranch

Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Montara, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 1,804 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

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.

Parking area is off of Cabrillo Highway. There is camping and restrooms at Francis Beach Campground. Sweetwood Group Camp also has an accessible parking and a toilet.

This trail is about 20 miles south of San Francisco and 8 miles north of Half Moon Bay off of Highway 1.

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Reviews (775)
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Recordings (599)
Completed (1580)
Divya Kurian
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Hiking

Took 3 hrs. Two short areas that are steep otherwise not to bad. Great views. Peak is above the clouds

Neil Barbo
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Hiking
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Jennica Alcalde
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HikingRocky
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Shru Mohan
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HikingNo shade

This is a beautiful trail and gives you a solid workout! A couple of areas are very steep and not well paved so make sure you have shoes with good grip. We went on a foggy evening and the breeze was nice and cool even though there is no shade on the trail. It gets super windy at the top so take good measures. Highly recommend.

Megan Carlisle
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Mountain bikingNo shadeOver grown

We went on a foggy day which I highly recommend since there is very little shade on the trail. It starts off a bit narrow and overgrown but pretty quickly widens and alternates between a crumbling paved road, dirt, and lose gravel. It’s very steep in certain parts and since I’m a beginner I had to get off my bike and walk but it was manageable. It can get pretty windy at the top so bring a wind breaker and I recommend pants that cover your whole legs. The views were spectacular and well worth the climb. We will definitely do it again! Go in the morning or evening to avoid the crowd of hikers which is difficult on the narrow parts of the trail.

Kirstie Breitfuss
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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Wenshuai W.
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Hiking
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Corina Reyes
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HikingNo shade

AmZing view . Over cast . Breezy . Very clear trail . Up hill to peek/ antenna was a challenge but Just the perfect amount . Trail best to do early morning .

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Tianhua Z.
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HikingNo shade
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Nicole Laprise
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HikingNo shade

The parking lot was open and fairly empty when I arrived at 7:30a and was full when I left around 10:15a. I found this hike to be challenging, particularly the first couple of miles. There is no shade and some steep parts (there was one section at the end where I had to slide down on my backside.) Be careful of mountain bikers as there are some narrow areas on the trail. It was foggy the morning I went so I missed out on some of the nice views. The total distance was almost 7.5 miles and took me almost 2 hr 45 mins. I wasn't able to go the last tenth of a mile to North Peak as it was gated off as others have mentioned.

Estela G.
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Brianna Jones
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Montara Mountain is great. It is my favorite mountain to run up and bike. The ocean views are spectacular and you mostly get a panoramic view of Pacifica when you get to North Peak. I take my dog on it everyday on leash. Other locals do this as well. Overall great family hike.

Kartik Pudi
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L Y.
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HikingNo shade

Pretty windy and foggy at the top. Had to improvise for the lollipop on the way back but it turned out okay. A good number of cyclists. No shade at all.

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Jason Scalese
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HikingOver grown

Only overgrown early. Great exercise hike. I got to the top and the decline is not hard on knees. Great foggy day affected view but kept it cool.

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Kanchan M.
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HikingNo shade

Great views of the pacific in the first few miles. Steep, great workout. No shade

Stephanie Leyva
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Laura Urbina
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Yann Mean
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Hiking

There is a gate at about last 20 meters to the top.... and the gate is locked... overall it is a fun hike!

Flip Flop
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Hiking

My buddy and I saw a mountain lion, it was probably 25-30 yards away from us. Definitely bringing pepper spray next time just in case. Was a great hike though.

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Jennifer Larkin
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Hiking

Steep but fun hike up. Almost no tree cover, went on a foggy day but still a beautiful hike

Brian Ag
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Hiking

The first half of the trail was closed so I just went the backwards route and ended up doing a little more than 8.5mi. It’s a great workout especially the first half is mostly all incline. The way down is fun to run down especially if you have the right hiking shoes.

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Geet Godbole
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Hiking

Beautiful views of the ocean.. shaded and gentle incline while on Old Pedro Road.. gets steep and virtually no shade once on North Peak loop..

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Carly McCaffrey
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Hiking

Lots of wild flowers, bunnies, butterflies, lizards and birds! Beautiful views, some steep parts. Parking lots now open but fill up early.

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Alyssa May
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Did this hike yesterday. Parking lot is closed but we went down to the Montara State Beach lot which was open and started from the trailhead there. Still great fees even though it was foggy, definitely recommend. Don't think the last mile or so is worth it since there wasn't much to see at the peak so doing the loop is probably good enough unless you want more hike.

Sash Mullins
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Hiking

Lovely hike with wonderful views! Bring a jacket it’s pretty windy up there. The last few miles are killer. The parking lot is not open and we got ticketed for parking on the road. Be careful!

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