McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach

Pacifica, California 94037

McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach

McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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)."

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"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."

McNee Ranch State Park and Montara State Beach Trip Reports

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Gorgeous views of the ocean and green rolling hills. Easy footwork along wide trail. Benches and lookouts to rest at along way. Some parts of the trails that have steep ascents/decents are somewhat difficult due to bald dirt trail with little to give traction. Interesting and fun foilage in parts. Able to relax on the large, beautiful beach afterwards.
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Trail Information

Pacifica
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.1
Distance
1,650 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Montara State Beach; (650) 726-8819; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=532; and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Bldg. 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco 941230022; (415) 561-4700; www.nps.gov/goga/rcdt.htm
Local Contacts
Montara Mountain, CA
Local Maps