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.

great view and fun hike!! there is alot of dog poop on the trails so watch where you step

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

hiking
13 days ago

Scenery: 2
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 2
Crowds: 3
Shade: 1

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

Go all the way to the end of trail above the tunnel if you want some more great views

Scenery: 3
Views: 4
Difficulty: 3.5
Crowds: 3
Shade: 2'5

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

hiking
13 days 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

Solid hike - easy to find TH but not much parking. The good - really amazing views, not a ton of people and enough ups & downs for a solid workout. Keeping from a 5 star - 2+ miles paved road and coming down "the mile" trail was pretty steep with a ton of gravel

Decent and pleasant but wouldn’t go out of my way to do it. Good for big groups with varied levels of experience.

This is a trail -- or area -- you can customize to your own level/desires due to the number of criss-crossing options. I hiked early morning with the hills and coast in a fog and found this just completely beautiful and mesmerizing. Besides the first steep incline, the loop trail can be kept pretty easy, but if you want more of a challenge, work in a couple of jaunts to the peaks, you can even approach them from different sides to amp it up even more. There are also some interesting old cypress trees to admire in addition to all the wildflowers. I imagine this is really beautiful on a clear, sunny day as well. There were enough locals jogging or walking their dogs to keep it from being too creepy. But it didn't feel crowded at all.

I really enjoyed this trail on a beautiful, late summer day -- wildlife, wildflowers and gorgeous views of the coast were among the highlights. At the beginning, I chose to go up "the Mile" which runs alongside the main trail. This was a little more challenging, but provided nicer views of the coast. Just be careful because this is an active downhill bike trail. I didn't have any issues, but the terrain could be a little tricky in spots. Otherwise, the trail itself was pretty easy to navigate. Besides the bikers, I had the trail almost entirely to myself on a Sunday, and the bikers I encountered were respectful. Downsides: The paved parts and the utility wires were a bit of a drag, but the beauty of the trail made up for it. If doing again, I'd skip the Boyscout trail, which was an active mountain bike course, and just go back the way I came up. The part of the trail that includes a bit of out & back -- I recommend turning back sooner than what's indicated on the map, as the trail begins to degrade and there isn't much new to see.

A terrific little hike! Far more steep than I was expecting (this was hike #2 of the day!), but gorgeous views and enough variety of terrain to make it interesting. I recommend some shoes with very good grip, as portions of this dirt trail can get a little slippery. I was going at a pretty good clip and it took about 90 minutes. If you're looking for something a little longer, I'd recommend combining with the Devil's Slide trail which is right next door. I popped over to that trail briefly and saw whales surfacing!

hiking
27 days ago

Stunning and accessible

walking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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

The views aren't special at all

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Easy, short trail.

on Gray Whale Cove Trail

hiking
2 months 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
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.

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
2 months 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.

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.

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