Montara Mountain Hike

  • October 15, 2011 · 10:45 AM
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Hello Hikers,

Montara Mountain offers spectacular views, an unusual tall mountain at oceanside with a steep climb, and a relic of granite which was once close to the Los Angeles Basin many millions of years ago. Due to its close proximity to the ocean, wonderful views of the ocean and coast greet the hiker at each turn.

Our hike will be at our usual intermediate level at about 7 miles length with 1800 feet elevation gain. Note that part of the hike is somewhat steep and we will take it slowly, but the hike is indeed an intermediate hike. Details are posted below.

You can meet us at our usual carpool point in Palo Alto at 9:30 AM or at the San Pedro Valley County Park trailhead at 10:45 AM.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival will be occurring on this day, so you should follow the recommended routing listed in my description to avoid the heavy traffic going into Half Moon Bay on Highway 92.

Note that there will be an optional dinner in the area after the hike.

I hope you can join us for this lovely oceanside hike and wonderful panoramic views....

Your Organizer,
Julio M.


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Montara Mountain,  October 15 (Saturday)
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Destination: Montara Mountain- San Pedro Valley County Park
Date: October 15, 2011 (Saturday)
Total length of hike:  7 miles
Total elevation gain: 1800 feet (approx.)
Difficulty:  Moderately strenuous
Further information on San Pedro Valley County Park at URL:
                    http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/portal/site/parks/
                    (Click on “Parks” on left menu & then on San Pedro Valley
                     County Park link)
Driving distance/time:   35 miles  /  50 min. - 1 hour. approx. each way
Cost:   Mileage ($22 per car round trip, to be divided equally among carpool
                      members and paid to driver) + $6 park entry fee
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 1-2 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover Meetup’s charge for creating his Meetup group.

Organizer: Julio M. (contact info below)

Get hike updates at my meetup.com group:
                 http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather. 

RSVP REQUESTED
 
Meet: 9:30 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave.,
               Palo Alto (meet at entrance to parking lot) to carpool

        10:45 am at trailhead at San Pedro Valley County Park (meet at south end
               of parking lot near restrooms)

Estimated finish time: 4:00 PM (back at cars)

Optional dinner afterwards in the area.
   
bring: lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, coat, all the usual stuff.

Montara Mountain offers spectacular views, an unusual tall mountain at oceanside with a steep climb, and a relic of granite which was once close to the Los Angeles Basin many millions of years ago. Due to its close proximity to the ocean, wonderful views of the ocean and coast greet the hiker at each turn. A hike up Montara Mountain in October should be especially nice since the weather is particularly nice at this season.

Our hike will begin on the Brooks Creek Trail. We will then join the Montara Mountain Trail. We will then work our way up the mountain on North Peak Access Road/ San Pedro Mountain Road.  While working our way up the mountain, vegetation along the trail will transition from a few tall eucalyptus, cypresses, and Monterey Pines to sagebrush, pampas grass, and chaparral. We will then stop at North Peak (elevation 1840 feet) and enjoy the panoramic views of the entire Bay Area and the ocean--- views we have rightly earned. After reaching the North Peak, we will descend by partially retracing our steps and then take a section of the Montara Mountain Trail not yet explored by our group. After the hike, we will take our cars and drive to the beach in downtown Pacifica to enjoy the surf and consider optional dinner options.


DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to trailhead parking lot at San Pedro Valley County Park .

- Take the I-280 NORTH ramp towards SAN FRANCISCO
- Go about 22 miles
- Take exit 41 to merge onto Skyline Blvd/State Route 35 N toward Pacifica
- Turn left onto Sharp Park Rd after about 3.5 miles
- Take Highway 1 SOUTH
- After about 1.5 miles, turn left onto FASSLER AVE.
- Turn right onto TERRA NOVA BLVD. (after 1.3 miles)
- Turn right onto ODDSTAD BLVD.
- Destination:  San Pedro Valley Park
                     600 Oddstad Blvd
                     Pacifica, California 94044
- We will meet at the south end of parking lot near restrooms).
                                                                                                                                                            
Trip "leader":
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com 
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
*Find out about coming hikes & get updates at my meetup.com group:
                 http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area-Outings/

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  • Adelina

    Good one Shiri!

    October 16, 2011

  • Russ

    A nice walk through the woods, followed by some excellent views of the ocean.

    October 16, 2011

  • Shiri

    Not to mention some very live entertainment ;)

    October 15, 2011

  • P.

    Good hike.

    October 15, 2011

  • Hong

    Hi Julie, are you going to stay for the dinner? I need come home after the hike. If you are too, we can carpool from Peets. Hong

    October 14, 2011

  • julie

    Jack, I'd like to join the carpool. I'm not familiar with P&R. Can we meet at peets on El Camino in Belmont? Otherwise, please provide the P&R address so I can map it. Thanks!

    October 14, 2011

  • Hong

    Hi Jack, I'd like to carpool from Belmont. Hong

    October 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long is this hike? I think the other one would have been too much for me.

    October 13, 2011

  • Julio M.

    Jennifer: Thank you for reminding us of the Pumpkin Festival in Half Moon Bay! I will change the routing instructions to approach Montara Mountain from the north by going through Pacifica. From the Peninsula, taking Sharp Park Road to Pacifica would be the shortest alternative routing. I will post an alternate route soon.

    October 11, 2011

  • Russ

    OK, so taking 1 south from 280 seems as though it will be faster than taking 1 north from 92, but nevertheless I should allow 15-20 minutes more time than Google maps predicts.

    October 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Russ, do you mean going south on 280 and 1? That will probably be impacted because it's on the way to Half Moon Bay. But my guess is that southbound traffic won't be too bad on 1 until after the spot where we start. Maybe give yourself 15-20 extra minutes.

    October 11, 2011

  • Russ

    Julie, I meant to ask about traffic on 1 heading south towards Half Moon Bay from 280, but stopping at Montara Beach and hence not passing through Half Moon Bay at all. Google maps shows this route to take exactly the same amount of time from Palo Alto (neglecting traffic jams in Half Moon Bay) as 92. So, I'm just wondering whether taking 280 to 1 south through Pacifica might be a better route.

    October 11, 2011

  • julie

    Russ, I am not sure about that direction. People coming from the peninsula will most likely have clear traffic on 1 since it's heading away from the festival. However, it'll be painful on 92 (as I experienced last year).

    October 11, 2011

  • Russ

    Julie, do you think that the traffic will be similarly horrible if one arrives via 280 and 1 through Pacifica, thus avoiding Half Moon Bay altogether?

    October 11, 2011

  • julie

    The traffic will be horrific if there's a festival.

    October 11, 2011

  • Jennifer

    Hello Julio,
    I understand that the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival will be on this Saturday October 15-16, 2011 ? 9 AM to 5 PM, do you think traffic going to our hike will be impacted? I noted from the direction that we will be heading west toward Half Moon Bay. Jen

    October 11, 2011

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