Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Stunning and accessible

walking
6 days ago

Was good for my kids, easy, perfect weather

I would rate this as moderate simply due to the few inclines and declines and the loose ground. They’re short bursts but enough to take it out of the easy category.

Sadly the trail has been destroyed with dog poop. I was disgusted by the sheer volume of poop we encountered. I was there with my dog and I had to ensure she didn’t stand on any. Ugh, people of California - please TAKE CARE of our coastline trails! 郎

Great views, but be careful with dogs or kids as some sections cut very close to the edge! I

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.

walking
8 days ago

Good to take your small dogs, not very long, but beautiful, specially when you go through the shelter cove (private properties) but there is a short trail back.

hiking
11 days 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.

This is such a gorgeous trail - right along the ocean and very few people! 20 minutes from the city

hiking
14 days ago

Another forgotten trail. I lived in nearby Half Moon Bay for 5 years and enjoyed doing these little coastal gems.

The views aren't special at all

Nice little hike.. good hike to give kids extra experience.

hiking
27 days ago

Great views. Easy, short trail.

on Hazelnut Trail

hiking
28 days 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.

on Gray Whale Cove Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Good views, even through the fog. Nice elevation gain from the parking lot followed by a flat trail. My only complaint is that the trail was pretty overgrown or narrow in some places and LOTS of poison oak. Keep an eye out for it!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Def not easy, especially if you have any fear of cliffs and steep inclines near the edge of the Pacific but beautiful and peaceful. Also make sure to google map the parking lot, the directions here will just strand you on 1.

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.

There is a couple of benches towards the end of the trail that overlook the beach. Very beautiful coastal scenery! Visited 8/5/2018

Great hike. Easy to follow, not many people, well kept trail. Very eerie while it’s foggy which is pretty cool - makes you feel like you’re in the clouds.

First time trail running and this trail was perfect!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike! It gets steep at one point which makes going down a little difficult but just take your time and use small steps and your hands for support.

It was really beautiful with great views.

The beginning is steep, and it was pretty foggy the day we went. The fog was actually kind of cool, though. Good 1:30ish hour hike.

Love Montara Mountain

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 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!

great hike. love the ease of the area. some areas are more moderate but still beautiful. love all the wild life.

Absolutely beautiful! We had the trail all to ourselves from beginning to end! The efforts are well worth the views and as a beginning hiker, it was a perfect challenge to start kicking it up a notch.

walking
2 months ago

Just a beautiful walk on the beach in Pacifica

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