Montara Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pacifica, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

Note: The trail is accessible however the parking lot is closed due to COVID-19 measures.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail, Good views. Incline on the first half. Back side of Covid one way trail is shaded and very peaceful.

hiking
5 days ago

Tough hike! You basically go straight up and then straight down. The views are incredible towards the top. You can see Pacifica, San Francisco, and even the east Bay as you climb higher. The top wasn’t well marked and the hike was confusing to navigate, but the climb up had plenty of views. Lots of people on this trail so make sure to wear your mask! Parking is currently closed to Covid but you can park in the neighborhood.

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no shade
5 days ago

Amazing trail with beautiful views of Pacifica. The beginning goes through a Eucalyptus forest and has a 1 way sign to help people keep distance from one another. Then the trail has a bit of a narrow path over to the main mountain path which is about a mile and a very gorgeous mile at that. The top area is uncovered and has a nice view from the top but I think the best views were on the way up.

7 days ago

awesome views. benches on the trail to rest.

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bugs
8 days ago

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14 days ago

Hiked this route just before the Shelter In Place order. Beautiful bit of Central California coastal nature. The upper portion on the service road had some steep sections I found surprisingly rigorous. Needed a jacket near the summit in early March.

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bugs
22 days ago

running
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Worth it, best time to go is when it’s going to be sunny!

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is great with awesome views but we picked a cloudy and cold afternoon.

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rocky
3 months ago

Going up for 3 miles for a beautiful views if you lucky to catch sunny day. Wear you hat, no shade on the way up. I did not complete last mile, 3 miles up was good enough for me.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views even on a cloudy day it was beautiful. I am definitely hoping to be back for a sunny day hike. Easy short hike. I did the North Peak but maybe about 0.1 to the North Peak they put a door, and no trespassing :/ I would suggest wearing hiking shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, easy and fun hike. Took < 3 hours. There are restrooms near the entrance and you can park outside the main park to avoid paying the per car fee - there is plenty of street parking.

hiking
3 months ago

I live in Pacifica and hike this one often with my dog who you can take off leash. It can be crowded with mountain bikers if you go right in the middle of the day. But, it can be almost completely empty around 3-5p and you can get some of the sun dropping in the sky over the ocean at that time. Pretty easy. Lots to see. Be sure and chill at the bench at the top to see Montara.

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3 months ago

Great hike. one correction to the shown route: the top of "north peak" is fenced off for a massive antennas array. the top you can walk to, complete with a usgs marker is the one just west of north peak on the map. and watch our for bikes once on the fire road.

hiking
3 months ago

Shortest route to the top of Montana, and possibly the best. Single track though San Pedro park. Eucalypts then chaparral. Best views on this hike (aside from the summit) are in the park.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this one. Views were great. It was a cool day, I would think this might be hot mid summer. Rain was well maintained.

running
muddy
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Parked at the San Pedro Valley Park area (Parking per vehicle is $6, cash-in-envelope sorta deal)... I guess if you don't want to pay, you can park in the nearby neighborhood before entering the gate entrance, and then just walk into the park. Weather was partly sunny, and more windy and foggy as I approached the summit. Trail condition, good, but muddy in some parts; I had to stop running because the ground became too slippery midway up the ascent ! Straight shot up the mountaintop; a good number of switchbacks in the first half where the ascent is pretty gnarly but the trail widens and is asphalted over once it merges with the North Peak Access Road. Nothing much at the top--it was too foggy to see much of anything and I didn't take any photos, and visibility was much better around half the elevation gain where there were some good views of Pacifica, SF and even east bay. Not much shade, especially at the access road segment, which I only really recommend someone continuing onto only if it's a clear day. Will try other trails in the vicinity in the near future. Loved the trees. Also saw a really cool mushroom that looked like the one from mario. Pls do not step on the mushroom

hiking
5 months ago

This was a fairly challenging trail. The trail opens up and is in direct sunlight on a dirt road for the last mile going up to the peak, however we went on a clear day and the views were beautiful. Well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Enjoyed this trail so much - the switchbacks on the first 1.5 miles are well graded and I like when I don’t have to watch my step so I can watch the birds and views. Lots of variety and of course great views! As for parking, it is a $6 self register at San Pedro Valley park ( if no ranger) but I didn’t have cash so parked in the neighborhood adding just a bit more walking to the hike. I would like to Come back when the falls are running ( nothing today) and the wildflowers are blooming!

hiking
7 months ago

If you go late in the afternoon, say 2pm, you can avoid the worst of the sun and the fog will have burned off - so you get the spectacular views as promised!

hiking
8 months ago

Ok since no one discussed it so far .. you do have to put to park inside here which I totally get is for upkeep however if you come not ready to do so or feel like it you can park in the neighborhood and have a short walk in keep in mind all gates close at 7. Once you get inside you will see visitor center on the left a pay booth on the right . I started counter clockwise and took right at pay booth and a left where it says ranger resident which is the start of the trail however you can go straight and start counter clockwise by the bathrooms and picnic area . If you look at map you will see this is a combo between loop and in and out . The actual loop part is easy/mod and mostly shaded once you get to the straight section it gets moderate and little more narrow . I didn’t go all the way to north peak since I’ve done that trail before and did about 5.9 without that tiny lady bit .

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

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9 months ago

Great medium-difficulty trail. Once we passed the overlook, the fog blocked any potential views of the bay. Warning: extremely windy near the peak. Bring a beanie! Wonderful trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Cold and windy on top but well worth it.

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