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North Peak Trail

Basics
Location:
Montara
Length:
12 miles
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
3+ hours
Trailhead Elevation:
100 feet
Elevation Range:
100 feet to 1900 feet
Elevation Change:
1800 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

The North Peak Trail, also known as the Old San Pedro Mountain Road, is a great choice for riders in the Bay Area looking for an aerobic ride with excellent views.

The North Peak Trail once connected the towns of Pacifica and Montara. Abandoned in 1937, the trail is now a mix of dirt, decaying pavement and sandstone. A ride up to the top of North Peak is aerobically challenging but not very technical. The North Peak Trail travels through manzanita and scrub forest as it climbs up the mountainside. Once at the top of North Peak (1898 feet) riders are treated to an expansive view of the Bay Area and Pacific Ocean.

Details

Location:
Montara
Length:
12 miles
Difficulty:
Loose downhills
Aerobic Difficulty:
Moderate
Time To Allow:
3+ hours
Depends on fitness
Trailhead Elevation:
100 feet
Tops out on North Peak at 1900
Elevation Range:
100 feet to 1900
Elevation Change:
1800
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

The North Peak Trail is a multi-use area and riders should understand and practice appropriate right of way protocol. Riders should carry a first aid kit, bike repair kit and extra water and food.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Montara take Highway 1 to Devils Slide. Follow to Montara State Beach parking. The trailhead is on the east side across the highway from the state beach.


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