Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Pacifica with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Please don't be that person with the Bluetooth speaker.

This trail is steep with lots of crumbling rock and dirt and does meander off the main path.

Even with a map and GPS location on I wandered off the trail a few times.

It's a good workout though.

trail running
11 days ago

Lots of exposure on a sunny day, thankfully brought hat and sunblock! Views nice, but trail uphill a little monotonous.

Did the reverse route (clockwise), which I highly do not recommend. While the northern part of the loop (North Peak access road) is well developed (trucks drive it), the southern part (Cave trail) is much less developed and extremely steep and slippery (loose gravel/dirt)

Protect your knees and follow the guide's recommendation to go counter-clockwise. Trekking poles additionally recommended.

Additionally, if you go counter-clockwise, you can cut the descent grade by taking Old San Pedro Mountain Road rather than Fly Amanita at about 820'.

Great views. Very challenging steep route. Hard to find if not tracking with gps, we missed the trail a couple of times

1 month ago

Scenery: 3
Views: 4.5
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 2

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

My favorite trail in the peninsula. Great climb and fantastic 360 views from the top.

Just make sure it’s clear out on the coast — very easy for the top of the mountain to be in the clouds.

2 months ago

Beautiful ocean view along the way - gets better with elevation.
Trail is not hard. I think it is moderate. Lots of shade. Watch out for poison oak.

2 months ago

We love this hike! It was early in the morning when we started, although the fog covered the sight, it's never a disappointment because you'll appreciate the beauty it made.

2 months ago

We did this in the spring toward the end of the rainy season, hoping to catch the waterfalls. They were more like trickles at that point, but the hike was easy and beautiful. We saw many lizards along the way, which was fun as well. The views were fantastic. A great hike.

trail running
2 months ago

A nice mix of flora and fauna that changes as you ascend and descend. Loved it!

This trail was super fun. Was able to run for a good half of it. There is a lot of poison oak though, so long pants and caution is advised. gorgeous views even with fog. Once you get to the top, go to the cave. Much more satisfying than the electric plant on north peak.

It was really beautiful with great views.

Love Montara Mountain

3 months ago

Extend out your distance by adding Valley View trail to the end. Great views very quiet trail, a delight.

3 months ago

Great trail. Very diverse from one side to the other.
Not listed as a mountain biking trail. Found out the hard way in the last 1/2 mile when an old lady let me have it!
Beautiful for hiking!

Some of the trails are not marked will read it if you times to find the right one but the views are very nice hike today

nature trips
4 months 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..

Poison oak and very exposed trail, no shade. Not very pretty.

4 months ago

A favorite loop hike especially from Spring to June when wildflowers are still in bloom. For a moderate ascent this trail has it all: dramatic terrain adjacent to Montara Mountain, sweeping views of the San Pedro Valley, Pacific Ocean & Sweeney Ridge. The NATIVE flora is diverse and interesting - Check out the "FriendsofSanPedroValley.org" website for species lists. Some of the single track switchbacks have thick vegetation so get narrow by mid-spring but Park Maintenance has been through and widened recently.

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.

Pretty tough trail, we did a modified version with an extra excursion onto the Crack trail which has some nice rock scrambling; the descents can be tough so wear good shoes

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

Best to run in the morning as there is no shade on the trail.

5 months ago

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

Hike up is a pretty continuous 10% 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.

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

5 months 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.

5 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

A great trail with incredible ocean views and the shortest (and steepest) way to the top of Montara Mountain.

Just FYI, the Alta Vista portion of this loop is closed to bikes.

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