McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach

Half Moon Bay, California

McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach Professional Review and Guide

"McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach McNee Ranch State Park (625 acres), adjacent to Montara State Beach, Gray Whale Cove State Beach, and Montara Mountain, offers a hillside climb with views and two short walks to caramel-colored beaches with wild, seething surfs. A stroll on the bluffs above the Cabrillo Highway, with glorious Pacific views, takes you to the historic McNee Ranch, in the shade of Monterey cypress and Monterey pine trees. Prepare to use those calves as you ascend both moderate and strenuous grades to the top of Montara Mountain (1,898 feet). Trails Surface: Sand and stairs lead to the beach. Single-track dirt trail through McNee Ranch, followed by dirt fire road and broken pavement with some steep portions. Trail floor becomes granite rock, then dirt and gravel at the top of Montara Mountain."

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Trail Information

Half Moon Bay
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.1
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Duration
Open year-round daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Season
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Local Contacts
USGS Montara Mountain, CA
Local Maps
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Jun 2018