SAN PEDRO COUNTY PARK / MONTARA MOUNTAIN

  • 06/29/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Pacifica: Hikeleader: Gary Weiss

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SAN PEDRO COUNTY PARK / MONTARA MOUNTAIN

Hike Date:  Saturday, June 29, 2024

Leader:  Gary Weiss

Leader Email:  gary@sfhiking.com

Leader Phone:  415 279-5570

Meeting Location (ONLY IF you've arranged for a ride in SF): Whole Foods;
2001 Market St. @ Dolores (on the Dolores St. side); parking on the street or below.
Please only show up at Whole Foods if you've arranged to meet your ride or driver there.

Meeting Times:  9:30 AM from SF, departing shortly afterwards; 9:15 from Rockridge, bottom of escalator.

Rating: Level 2.5 OR Level 4

Mileage:  6 OR 11 miles

Elevation Gain: 1200' OR 2400'

Description:  This is a great park, close to the city, in Pacifica.  There are several hike options. I'll make sure all options are available. 
The shorter option is about 5.75 miles and under 1200' elevation.  We'll all be doing this loop which takes us up Valley View and Hazelnut Trails.  Hazelnut has about 20 gradual switchbacks that will take us up to a spectacular ridge that overlooks the Pacific as well as Montara Mountain.  After this loop we'll all have lunch.  The 2nd loop takes us on single-track trails on the Old Trout Farm and Montara Mountain Trails.  I'd recommend doing the full loop if you can.  A small group of us did it last year and loved it.  When you reach the end of the trail, you'll be rewarded with unreal views that include Mt. Tam, Point Reyes and the Monterey Peninsula.  A shorter option for this second loop is also an option - it's about half the length.
The really interesting thing about this area is that since it gets the coastal fog and salt breezes all year, there's always something in bloom.  Well-behaved dogs allowed on leash.

Bring / Wear:  Please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes and hiking poles if you use them.  And layers for a coastal hike.  And chocolate!!

Weather Policy:  Check with hikeleader in the event of questionable weather.

Trailhead Meeting Place: Take CA 280 South until the Hwy 1 exit.  Take Hwy 1 all the way down to a large intersection with dedicated left turn lanes: Linda Mar Blvd.  Take Linda Mar to the end - Oddstad Blvd.  Turn right and into the parking lot for San Pedro Valley Park. There is a $6 parking fee.
Google Maps Link

Trailhead Meeting Time:  10:00 AM

Trailhead Departure Time: 10:15 AM

Total driving distance, there and back: 34 miles from SF; 60 from Rockridge.

Passenger Carpool Fees from SF:  $6  From Rockridge BART: $11

(I will inform you of carpooling arrangements by late Thursday or early Friday.)

Level-1
Level-2
Level-3 Level-4 Level-5

easiest
< 5 miles
< 500' gain

moderately easy
5-7 miles
< 1000' gain
 moderate
7-9 miles
< 1500' gain

  strenuous
9-12 miles
< 2000' gain 

very strenuous
12-15+ miles
  >2000' gain
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