ElevationAscent: 900' 274 m
Descent: -25' -7 m
High: 1,338' 408 m
Low: 439' 134 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
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“Sunny, moderately difficult trail in remote area with views and plenty of wildflowers in the spring and early summer.”— Lee Watts
The trail is sunny and open with views in all directions, including Montara Mountain, the canyons on both sides, and the ocean from Ano Nuevo to Moss Beach. A wide variety of chaparral wildflowers can be seen in the spring and early summer.
From the junction with Scarper Road, the left fork leads to an extremely steep climb up South Peak and on to Montara Mountain. The right fork has very steep ups and downs as it crosses several gullies until it finally climbs up to Deer Creek Trail.
When I first climbed this trail in 2012, it was so overgrown that it was sometimes difficult to tell whether or not you were on the trail. Then a few years ago a Pacifica cycling club cut a narrow trail through the brush. Within the last year, rangers from the Golden Gate National Recreation area have cut a wide path up the ridge.
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