Details posted for Montara Mountain Hike (Sat. Oct. 15)

From: Julio M.
Sent on: Thursday, October 6, 2011 11:20 PM

Hello Hikers,

Montara Mountain offers spectacular views, an unusual tall mountain at ocean side 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 7.5 miles length with 1800 feet elevation gain. Note the first 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 trailhead at 10:45 AM.

Note that there will be an optional dinner in the Half Moon Bay 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- McNee Ranch State Park/ Montara State Beach
Date: October 15, 2011 (Saturday)
Total length of hike:  7.5 miles
Total elevation gain: 1800 feet (approx.)
Difficulty:  Moderately strenuous
Further information on Montara Mountain/ McNee Ranch State Park at URL:
                    http://plants.montara.com/mrsp.html#directions
Driving distance/time:   35 miles  /  45 min. - 1 hour. approx. each way
Cost:   Mileage ($21 per car round trip )
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 gate to McNee Ranch State Park

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

Optional dinner afterwards in the Half Moon Bay 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 at about 100 feet elevation at the trailhead just off Highway 1. We will 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 follow a separate unnamed trail down to Montara Beach. We will enjoy the sounds and sights at Montara Beach as a relaxing ending to our hike. A short walk will take us back to the cars.

DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to trailhead parking lot at McNee Ranch .

- Take the I-280 NORTH ramp towards SAN FRANCISCO
- Exit to HIGHWAY 92 heading west TOWARD HALF MOON BAY
- In Half Moon Bay, turn right onto HIGHWAY 1 HEADING NORTH
- Drive 8 MILES NORTH and look for a GATED FENCE ON THE RIGHT
   just after Montara Beach.
- Parking for a few cars is available here. Other small lots are also available
  somewhat to the north and south of the trailhead.
- We will meet at the gated fence which is the site of the trailhead.
                                                                                                                                                            
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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