Montara Mountain Trail

HARD 270 reviews

Montara Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacifica, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,725 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Parking is available off of Cabrillo HWY.

nature trips
14 days ago

loved this trail. It's moderately hard, although I didn't end up going all the way up. it's shaded most of the places which makes it more enjoyable and easier to hike uphill..

hiking
19 days ago

my boyfriend and I did this trail today...very scenic, but when we got to the top I was expecting an awww moment...just a bushel of rocks, however we did hike over to the right and sat in a little rock cave that fit two people ate lunch, not what I thought when you get to the top, i would go back around 1pm or so. The hike up was definitely good exercise glad I had my hiking poles for on the way down. You have to go experience it yourself.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Really beautiful trail. Lots of wild flowers but LOTS of poison oak at bottom of trail. Very sunny.

hiking
1 month ago

You can park at the bottom in the park for $6 (cash only).

Hike up is a pretty continuous 11% grade. You start in a small forest of trees with lots of birds and flowers. It’s somewhat humid inside the tree forest.

About 1/2 way up you reach the edge of the park and enter another wilderness area (forgot the name). There’s a sign that warns you to be back to your car by 5pm but in the summer time you actually have until 8pm.

About 2/3 of the way up there is an overlook with great views. A little beyond that you reach an access road to the summit. I often turn around here if it’s too windy or cold or too warm. The weather can vary greatly day to day. So this is a good place to turn around.

The summit walk isn’t too bad and maybe slightly less steep than the rest of the trail.

Views are great almost all the way up the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

My new all-time favorite Bay Area trail. Good ascent. Good elevation. Marine cool. Worth the drive.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice! I'd actually recommend hiking this one on a cloudier day instead of a sunny day so that the sun isn't beating down on you. Luckily for this hike, that's most days over here. It starts at a convenient parking lot ($6 entry fee to the park, but you can find parking on the street outside as well. Please support our parks if you can though.) with restrooms just by the trailhead, to the right of the entrance.

From here, you'll wind up through a nice Eucalyptus grove then onto some rockier terrain with some scrub brush and beautiful flowers in the Spring. The bulk of the hike is through this type of flora. As far as fauna goes, there are deer sometimes and it looked like there was some Bobcat scat (I saw a Bobcat on a nearby trail so that'd make sense). The first half of the trail is more single track or slightly wider, and the top half is wider.

On a foggy day near about 2/3 of the way up, you can begin to feel like you're in the Andes, or at least that's how it seemed to me. Really gorgeous scenery on this hike, and at some points you can see both the bay and the ocean at once.

Difficulty-wise, I'd say that this is an 8/10 for the Bay Area. The views are completely worth it.

Also, if you hike this on a hotter and/or sunny day, I highly recommend bringing lots of water.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with a nice forest setting at the bottom and rock exposure near the top; great views unless the fog rolls in, can get windy and chilly near the summit

hiking
4 months ago

An easy to moderate climb with well worn footpaths, gorgeous views of coast line, San Francisco and even a glimpse of GGB. Love the less trafficked upper trail with more exposed rocks and a wonderful view of the steep rock faces of the mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

I got there just before 9am and there were only two other vehicles there. I went alone and felt totally safe and absolutely loved it. It was uphill the whole time but it wasn’t crazy or too hard! Take water, for sure! And by the time I finished at 11, there were quite a few more vehicles and I was passing other people and could hear others on the trail. If you want more of a quiet solo hike, start early.

hiking
5 months ago

A great hike with stunning views. We parked the car on the street since the Park closes at 5pm. It can be a strenuous hike. Take plenty of water.

Amazing views!!!

hiking
6 months ago

All in all a pretty good trail, arrived about 1230 and hiked till about 5, Trail is pretty well maintained and good for running as well as hiking, enjoyed the trails that we took, next time will arrive earlier to experience more of the trails available.. will definitely come again.

7 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views.

8 months ago

Great hike. Very few people using the trail. I would not rate this as difficult. Nice uphill hike not too steep. Great views.

9 months ago

Nice hike. Loved it. The first half mile has this beautiful eucalyptus trees. Early morning fog + the fragrance of eucalyptus was refreshing. It’s a steady climb but I wouldn’t classify it as hard.

hiking
9 months ago

Trail was clear and very well marked. Not too steep. Incredible vistas of the pacific and the city of SF. Perfect morning or afternoon hike. Completed in 2:30.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail, pretty good workout but definitely not hard. Views are just okay hence the 3 star rating.

10 months ago

This trail is often foggy at the top. Check the weather (look out to the ocean for incoming fog) before starting!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great hard hike

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Nice trail, great views.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

beautiful ocean views.

hiking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful views, but I hiked this yesterday and had to turn around after 1.5 miles because of the overgrown poison oak, everywhere! The beginning of the hike is hard, but looked flat afterwards.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Have awesome views.. very shady..

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mixture of moderate and hard. Beautiful views. Small streams along the way.

hiking
Thursday, November 10, 2016

great workout, beautiful sunsets and great views of both the city and ocean!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Beautiful views!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Best hike on the coast

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Good views and great exercise. Very good climbs to keep you in shape.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Loved this hike! Incredible views.

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