Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Do wear your hiking shoes. Most of the trail is loose and dry gravel soil with a few very steep sections. Not recommended during or after a rain. Lots of small branching trails and some are completely encroached by surrounding vegetation making it easy to get lost, but because it's open land, you'll eventually find your way back to the trail.

Amazing views of the pacific. A bit close to the highway but a great way to unwind after work.

Great family hike. Very beautiful views.

Great for hiking with kids and grandparents

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

Beautiful view.

Very nice view, not so difficult even for casual hiker, but prepare a good hiking shoes for small rocks along the trail, and don’t go in a windy day.

this loop is not an easy one- I would rate this as medium difficulty because the trail leads near the cliffs where it's very steep and unstable. once you get past the cliff area and pass Mori Point, it gets easier from there. overall great views and very windy!!

nice view but be prepared for the super strong wind

hiking
1 month ago

Cute, simple hike. Beautiful views! Dog-friendly. I saw a lot of dogs without leashes, but I ALSO saw a garden snake, soooo... I think leashes would be smart if your dog isn't that trained or obedient lol. There was a bunch of ladybugs and dragonflies too! Overall, a fun small hike.

The first one. Nice view.

2 months ago

Très jolie balade à 30 min de San Francisco. Dommage d’avoir à longer la route en fin de promenade.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite evening/sunset trail. There's a lot of steep, rocky areas to scramble up so I wouldn't recommend this trail if it rained recently. Beautiful views and not too heavily trafficked (although it's usually empty around sunset).

Nice trail. Easy to moderate areas. Really small parking lot, but other lot near the hotel and beach. Lots of tall grassy areas so watch out for ticks. When we got home, I found a tick on me and in my dog's armpit.

walking
2 months ago

Very easy hike w amazing coastal views

hiking
2 months ago

Part of the loop trail is right next to the road where cars zooming by, which makes the last 5 minutes of our hike unpleasant. Otherwise, good view, nice combination of terrain, and perfect distance for a quick hike.

3 months ago

Beautiful, easy hike with slight but constant elevation on way up. Recommend coming down on same trail (vs doing loop) and only doing the Brooks Creek trail vs Montara.

Nice beach w trails

Easy to moderate hike with great views. Various steep hill paths that can make this more challenging.

Easy hike for kids and being dog friendly is a huge bonus.
Views are gorgeous. Parking is busy but didn’t have to wait long (came around 3 pm on gorgeous Saturday)
Easy access to additional trails

I wouldn't call this a trail. More like a climb on a cliff among slippery rocks. nice views but not at all a hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Found parking difficult, probably because of the beach. Nice trail though and only a few other pups which is good for our not so good pup. It’s also very narrow and exposed so bring sunscreen and water.

Fun! User/Unmarked trails make it a harder hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Just did the loop a long timw ago...

The views are beautiful. Usually quite with few people. Also, you can take different pathways to make the hike easy or a little more difficult. Perfect for a nice short hike .

Easy hike with nice views. Parking and beach access available at both ends. No restrooms.

Season waterfall

very short trail a bit of hill in the beginning and at the turn around but nothing too crazy. the biggest thing is that the parking lot is not to the South of the restaurant as is mentioned in the description but actually to the North. Additionality, the start finish parking lot recommended here is a bit small so I recommend parking at the larger lot at Gray Whale Cove then hiking south to Montara opposed to starting at Montara and hiking north to Gray Whale Cove.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice view along the trail. Easy walk most of the way. Most of the trail is quite exposed, so make sure wear sunscreen. The trail is probably more suited for cooler days (like winter), I imagine it’d be too hot and too exposed for hot summer days.

Good for a quick hike but still short enough you can get it done early in the morning

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