Guests staying at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast, Mill Rose Inn, have access to a bounty of natural beauty. Not only is our inn surrounded by rich and colorful gardens, but also the Half Moon Bay area is an ideal place for hiking and exploring. Half Moon Bay trails cover a variety of landscapes along the coastline and ocean views are plentiful. There are several places in the area you can visit to enjoy the outdoors. One in particular is Montara Mountain. This beautiful mountain is a great place to spend your time hiking and enjoying the picturesque California countryside. Here’s a short guide to hiking Montara Mountain!
Montara Mountain forms the northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains, a narrow mountain range running the length of the San Francisco Peninsula. The highest point rises to 1,898 feet above sea level! Overlook pristine coastal landscapes from a mountaintop that’s just a short drive from the Mill Rose Inn. If you’re looking for sun along the San Francisco peninsula coastline, the Montara Mountain is the place to head for. The sun often breaks through the clouds, giving you the best view of the area! By the time you hike to the summit you’ll be hiking above the clouds, so don’t let the gloomy weather stop you from seeing the pristine view. Montara Mountain hike at McNee Ranch is a fabulous 7-10 round trip mile walk up to the 1898-foot North Peak summit. Take caution when deciding to hike this mountain. Hikers should be in reasonable shape in order to enjoy the walk and avoid sliding.
To start your adventure up to the summit, choose from any of the awesome trails the area has to offer. With several trails to choose from, there is sure to be one just right for you.
The shortest official trail begins in San Pedro Valley County and promises gorgeous views from the Northern flanks of the mountain towards Pacifica. The narrow 3 ½ mile trail begins inside the boundary of San Pedro Valley County Park, passes through eucalyptus forest and rises high into the hills, revealing impressive views of the surrounding area and endless coastline.
The Farralone Cutoff trail is 4.1 miles to the summit. The path crosses the cultivated fields north of Montara and several others things before the real climb begins. This path is a little longer than the San Pedro Valley Park one. To began your journey turn off Route 1 at 2nd Street and take a left turn onto Farallone Avenue. For a map of the trail, check here.
Graywhale Cove State Beach trail is one of the longest trails to the summit of Montara Mountain. This 4.8-mile path begins at Graywhale Cove State Beach and winds up the side of the massive mountain. The view of the coastline on all the trails named above is breath taking!
When you’re mapping out which Montara Mountain trail to explore, don’t forget to book your stay at a local Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast. Mill Rose Inn has a beautiful selection of rooms and suites to choose from. Many rooms have garden views, claw foot tubs and fireplaces. Plus, your stay includes a delicious full champagne breakfast so you’ll have the fuel to hit the Montara Mountain trails. Find your perfect room and start planning your trip today!
Photo courtesy Eugene Kim.