Montara is really just a long fire road to the top of Montara Mtn (1750 ft). Montara Mountain Trail starts as a meandering jaunt through the Blue Gum Eucalyptus forest with striking glimpses of coastal Pacifica and the ocean beyond. Montara Mountain is one of my go-to trails for hot summer days when every other trail in the Bay Area is too hot to hike. Montara Mountain Bike, Hike, Trail Running trails, California. Begin the climb up a scenic … The Brooks Creek Trail heads through some very lush forests -- a true treat for any hiker. 22 trails with 214 photos RECOMMENDED ROUTE Mori Point 2.4 mi 3.9 km • 331' Up 100.76 m Up • 330' Down 100.73 m Down. Montara mountain (also known as McNee Ranch) is part of Montara State Beach. Trails Overview (follow links to separate trailhead descriptions) There are four trail GPS routes in this file, plus one 'route' containing all the labeled high points on Montara Mountain: City of Montara trailheads, McNee Ranch North Approach, McNee Ranch South Approach, San Pedro Valley, and San Pedro Mountain.A … There is one section of singletrack, a bit hidden that is incredibly challenging (and, at times, dangerous). CAMPING is not available at this park. Montara, CA. Montara Mountain Trail. Montara Mountain is an easy summit to add to your Bay Area peakbagging list, a fun hike for families and dogs, or a challenging trail run that will leave your calves screaming. This route to the summit of Montara Mountain is a longer, more scenic alternative to the direct route on North Peak Access Road Trail. The mountain is a northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains and features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found over 100 miles of coastline. Great 360 degree views of the Bay Area at the top and the descending is awesome. The Graywhale Cove State Beach is a popular seaside trail that’s just 20 minutes south of San Francisco. Radio antennas blanket Montara's Mountain summit, and although they undeniably detract from the aesthetic qualities of the place, the access roads provide ample choices for hikers, trail runners, equestrians, bikers, and yes, the odd service truck. There is also much more parking at the Gray Whale Cove trailhead. Once out from the Eucalyptus, the trail offers lush coastal scrub and beautiful Manzanita groves leading past the Brooks Creek Trail intersection. After the waterfall, the Brooks Creek Trail meets the Montara Mountain Trail. Find the singletrack that runs off the main trail for adventure. Basic Park Information. 4.8 (4) ... Montara Mountain from Gray Whale Cove 9.9 mi 16.0 km • 1,758' Up 535.69 m Up • 1,758' Down 535.78 m Down. 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