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Montara Mountain from Gray Whale Cove

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Length

9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers

86%

Runnable

45%

Singletrack

Elevation

1,758' 536 m

Ascent

-1,758' -536 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

1,886' 575 m

High

167' 51 m

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A sea-to-summit run of Montara Mountain.

Miguel Vieira

Overview

An incredible sea-to-summit run with non-stop ocean views.
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Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Look out for poison oak, which is abundant on the Gray Whale Cove Trail.

Description

This route to the summit of Montara Mountain is a longer, more scenic alternative to the direct route on North Peak Access Road Trail. There is also much more parking at the Gray Whale Cove trailhead.

At the Gray Whale Cove parking area, find the Gray Whale Cove Trail at the southeast end of the lot. Begin the climb up a scenic valley among dense coastal scrub. Soon, you're walking above the ocean bluffs with great views up and down the coast. Keep your eyes on the ocean for pelicans, whales, and seals.

You pass some benches overlooking the ocean on your right, and a short while later you reach an intersection. Turn left to leave the Gray Whale Cove Trail and to connect to Old San Pedro Mountain Road. When you reach the road, turn left again.

Old San Pedro Mountain Road winds through coastal scrub and some groves of trees, then merges with North Peak Access Road Trail. Turn left and continue uphill.

After a few turns, Old San Pedro Mountain Road splits away from North Peak Access Road Trail, and you bear right to continue toward the summit. On a clear day, you'll get views of Point Reyes, Mount Tamalpais, and San Francisco to the north, and Pillar Point and Half Moon Bay to the south.

Reverse the route to get back.

Flora & Fauna

As you gain elevation, look for the lush cloud-forest like coast scrub near the summit.

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Dec 11, 2017
HMB Suzuki
Oct 6, 2017
Ariel Laguilles
Great find and an incredible run. Highly recommend! https://www.strava.com/activities/1218174437 9.6mi — 1h 18m

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  4.3 from 12 votes

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