Alta Vista Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,266' 386 m
Descent: -35' -11 m
High: 1,777' 542 m
Low: 511' 156 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (9°)
Max Grade: 79% (38°)
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“A great trail with incredible ocean views and the shortest (and steepest) way to the top of Montara Mountain.”— Justin Shields
This trail is about 1.5 miles to the top of the peak on steep (up to 40%) grades. The trail wastes no time starting the climb; the first really steep section is about 0.4 miles in, but your way is made a little easier by a series of short switchbacks. Continue climbing, and you'll reach the next very steep section about a mile into the trail. After reaching the top, there is a very short descent to the junction with North Peak Access Road Trail.
The trail surface is generally good and is mostly dirt but can be rocky at times. There are many new steps in places which help makes the climb feel much easier to tackle. There are amazing views of the mountains and ocean and you can even San Francisco from the top.