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Montara Mountain North Peak Loop Trail

MODERATE 300 reviews
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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 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.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,804 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

partially paved

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.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail has everything. Gorgeous ocean views, wildflowers, lush green mountains, Karl the fog and a great workout on top of that. Best to be done on a hot summer day because this part of the bay is usually cooler and cloudy.

Great hike on and near Montara Mountain North Trail just north of Half Moon Bay CA. Wild flowers galore!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is more of a 9-mile out and back rather than a loop. Beautiful views in the beginning and as you make your way back towards the coast. A LOT of elevation gain as the beginning 1/3 is very steep. Exposed trail with lots of sun so be sure to remember sunscreen. All in all a good hike near Pacifica.

On a clear, sunny day you can see the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt Tam, Mt Diablo and most of the Bay Area. Incredible views at the top. The only downsides to this trail were the steep slope in combination with a lack of tree cover.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is super muddy, steep, not marked well and filled with tourists. It was an OK experience but there are better trails in the area.

Prepare for mostly uphill battle! Beautiful views though !

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed this hike a lot since we had a nice warm, clear day along the coast. There is a nice steep climb to start things off but the payoff is there because of the views in all directions. Only one little section on the way down (we hiked this loop clockwise) where you may have to scramble a bit. All in all a fun hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Long hike, the start of it is pretty steep, the rest is ok, specially if you go through the bike route. It is a scenic hike and you have nice views of ocean and hills. One important downside is that there isn’t enough sign there! So if you don’t have your phone with you, or don’t have service, you might get lost! There are two parking lots, so make sure you save and remember where you parked! I went to the other parking lot (as I said there aren’t signs there), so I had to hike another mile to get to the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

According to my Apple Watch, this hike ended up being exactly 10 miles for me. Parts of it were challenging but a pretty decent hike overall with amazing views of the Oceanside. I started at about 9am. Suggest you get there early otherwise parking fills up pretty quick. It took me a good 3 hours to finish the hike but that’s including the times i stopped for pictures and to eat. Amazing hike overall.

hiking
washed out
3 months ago

Great trail. The perfect distance. The views are amazing. You get views of the ocean, views of the mountains, views of the bay, views of the city. You see it all. It’s amazing. Very moderate hike. Very gradual incline. Well worth it

hiking
3 months ago

75% of the trail was vehicle accessible which I didn’t love. I’d also say this was a moderate trail and not hard, nonetheless it was lovely to be outside and the views of the city and ocean were beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Probably one of my top 5 favorite hikes under 10 miles. The trail is extremely well maintained and easy to follow with the AllTrails map. I got to the top in an hour and 18 minutes, but took my time coming down and stopped at numerous view points for pictures. My total time was a little over 3 hours. This trail can also be an out and back trail if you don’t want to go down a different route. The only thing difficult about the trail is the steepness on the way up, but the terrain is ideal for hiking. I would say it is more moderate than hard.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

Outstanding views and very well-maintained trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views!

4 months ago

Love this hike! Great views.

4 months ago

Coastal view is awesome on the top of mountain. But wind is pretty strong, remember to wear warm coat!

4 months ago

Steep but worth it.

hiking
5 months ago

great views of the area. about two areas with steep elevation gain. there is a little network (3) of trails that can get a little confusing, so be sure to download the map. took us about 4 hours with time for pictures and resting. no reception in the parking lot, but spotty through out the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Really good hike. The hike gets really steep towards the north peak. Recommended to do it early in the day so you are done by noon.

6 months ago

Steep and beautiful views.

hiking
7 months ago

Very steep coming up or down from parking area...but not so steep that I had to slide on my butt.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hidden gem sandwiched in between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Beautiful coastal views. Not as hectic as other over hyped trails in the area. Nice Fresh air. You might spot a whale or two on the lower end.

trail running
7 months ago

Beautiful and eerie pre-dawn October run up Montara Mountain. After heading out from the TH, I dropped down a bit and took the old road around a half mile in. About 2 miles in to the climb the trail gets a bit steep, but is non-technical and easy to follow even in the dark. I continued to climb up through and above the marine layer, feeling like I was in the Lost Boys. After about 4 miles, I reached the North Peak and took the fast decent back down.

hiking
8 months ago

Got right up on the North Ridge- way above the fog

hiking
8 months ago

Good route. I've done other hikes from Grey Whale Cove this was the first deserving of the hard rating. The combination of the two steep sections and that you tackle the entire 2k incline in the first part of the hike keeps you on your toes. I chose to hike up to the peak and then run down, with a few exceptions where it was too steep to run and stay in control.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with gorgeous views of the peninsula. From the top, you'll be able to see Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais off in the distance. There are two really steep sections of the trail. Namely, the section right at the beginning near the parking lot area and the last section of the Fly Amanita trail (the narrow one with a bunch of switchbacks that goes through a forested section) before you meet up with Old San Pedro Mountain Road. It wasn't easy getting down the latter (which was at least a 50-degree slope)—we had to slide down the dirt right at the junction.

9 months ago

this is pretty similar to Mission Peak but with way better views and less people. definitely go before noon because it'll get hot. at a moderate pace finished in about 2 hours.

9 months ago

was a nice hike

hiking
9 months ago

Challenging but manageable- just the right amount of steeps

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