Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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.

Steep climb and descent but great views

Definitely not a hard hike! It has some legs that are uphill but apart from that it’s pretty easy. The hike has some insane views when it gets near the ocean. Highly recommend it!

Beautiful trail with wonderful views. The beginning is a bit difficult but the rest is easy. We didn’t get to finish it so we will be back. Parking is limited so make sure to go early.

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.

About 10 parking spots. Cars lined up to get one on a sunny Sunday.

Nice trail and great view of pacific + peninsula once you get to Sweeney ridge

The road to Adobe Drive in Pacifica used to be known as Planet of the Apes Road by mountain bikers. Old road grade from McNee is easy to intermediate viewpoint for a short workout. Leaves out the final leg to Montara Mtn. About 1.5 hours.

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2 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.

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.

Fantastic hike with incredible coastal views

hiking
2 months ago

The trailhead has multiple hiking options. It costs $6 to park. We hiked the 2.5-mile loop trail on Montara Mountain, which was nicely shaded and had good views, including an ocean view and bench at the top. It was a pleasant, easy hike. Gently up a mile, then down 1.5.

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
2 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.

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2 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
2 months ago

Just did the loop a long timw ago...

Nice trail close to HMB. Just enough of a climb to keep the heart rate up.

Absolutely beautiful views! There were many amazing viewpoints, especially on the Old Colma Bicycle Route (the 0.8 mile out-and-back part near the water). The area hike was surprisingly varied. Most of the hike was relatively easy, but the switchbacks on Old Colma, and the last 1.5 miles down the Boyscout were more challenging. If you want to make this a moderate difficulty hike, do it as an out and back instead of a loop! The trail is really only ~7 miles, since you can easily walk back to your car along Higgens Way (the street).

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.

I recommend going clockwise. The first section of the trail is being refinished. Some switchbacks and steeper sections, but overall nice mix of up-and-down to keep it interesting.

Truly one of the prettiest trails . I consider moderate to hard for being such a short trail. Cannot beat the views up there. The trails are nicely maintained and manicured . The Middle Ridge down to Arroyo is no longer- just dead ends and turn back.

Amazing views!!!

Nice for a quick day trip or exploring

Season waterfall

Tough first half

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.

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