Montara Mountain Trail

Montara Mountain, California

Elevation Gain1,697ft
Trailhead Elevation189ft
Elevation Min/Max189/1386ft
Elevation Start/End189/189ft

Montara Mountain Trail

Montara Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Pacifica, California. It is within San Pedro Valley County Park and Montara Mountain. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 189 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,697 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, drinking water, and parking. This trail connects with the following: North Peak Access Road, Brooks Creek Trail and Old Trout Farm Loop Trail.

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Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally
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"The hike to the top of Montara Mountain is a climb above the Pacific Coast along a dirt fire road. The easy access off CA 1 and the privilege of hiking on state park land combined with spectacular coastal views on a clear day make this steady two- hour cardio workout an exhilarating excursion for fit dogs and humans. The sign is recessed from the small parking area off the shoulder. There is a larger parking area just short of 8.0 miles on the west side of the highway. The trailhead is at the fire lane gate in the parking area on the east side of the highway. You will see a sign on the right of the gate indicating that dogs need to be on leash."
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"Montara Mountain is a solid block of granite towering over Pacifica, a landmark peak forgotten by the Bay Area. Views are tremendous."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jane Huber
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"Just 10 miles south of San Francisco, chaparralcloaked Montara Mountain rises up from the ocean at Pacifica, offering quick and easy access for hikes with incredible views, interesting vegetation, and frequent animal sightings."

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Trail Information

Montara Mountain
Nearby City
Montara Mountain
California State Park Sector Office, 95 Kelly St., Half Moon Bay 94019; (650)726-8819, (650)726-8804;, mountain
Local Contacts
USGS Montara Mountain; Montara State Beach
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