Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1870 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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10 days ago

I didn't reach the peak but I'll definitely try again.

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12 days ago

Parking at trail head is limited (maybe only 4 cars). But can walk to free Montara state beach parking down hwy 1 a couple minutes away.

Beautiful views of city and ocean on clear day.

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Park at the beach parking lot (you will see a sign that says "Montara State Beach" then enter the trail on the right side when facing the mountain. The beginning is steep but once you get up to the top the remainder of the trail is a gradual down hill. I would say the first 20 min is hard and the rest is easy. So a more accurate rating would be "moderate" in my opinion.

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27 days ago

It was very foggy, which in a sense was good because the trail is very exposed, but we could only imagine the stunning views we were missing...