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Montara Mountain Triad

 
Montara Mountain Triad

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Object Title: Montara Mountain Triad

Image Type(s): Hiking, Informational, Scenery, Water

 

Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Nov 8, 2013 / Nov 8, 2013

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From Montara Beach to  3 tops  of Montara Mountain

I hadn't done this hike for at least 9 years even though I drive by it working in Half Moon Bay a few times a month.
So the regular route up from Hwy. 1 by the beach was in order last weekend. It follows a few well worn use trails up to a fire road that winds it's way up the northwest ridge to the scattering of small summits that comprise Montara Mountain. There were quite a few others coming and going on this popular mountain just south of San Francisco on a clear warm fall day.
From Marin County to the north 3 high points stand out along the coast 15 miles south of the Golden Gate: The North Peak is the highest 1,898'. A  shout to the northwest is the unnamed middle peak (1,860+') the most popular. Both support barbed wire fenced in radio towers. Then there is the less traveled and uncluttered Peak Mountain (1,806') a stones throw to the west which has the best views of the coast and arguably the best all around views. The other 2 high points, the South Peak (1,833') and Montara Knob (1,614') fall outside the legal hiking boundaries.

The round trip was 8 miles and over 2,000' gain taking in the 3 easy  peaks,

Images


Pampas grass on Montara Mountain

Pampas grass on Montara Mountain

North from Montara Mountain

North from Montara Mountain

Montara Mountain from the coast.

Montara Mountain from the coast.

South from Peak Mountain

South from Peak Mountain

Montara Mtn. from the Marin Headlands

Montara Mtn. from the Marin Headlands

Mt. Tamalpais from Montara Mountain

Mt. Tamalpais from Montara Mountain

Montara Mountain west slopes

Montara Mountain west slopes

Down  the Coast Range

Down the Coast Range

Diablo Range from Peak Mountain

Diablo Range from Peak Mountain

Hikers on the road up the northeast ridge

Hikers on the road up the northeast ridge

Use trail to Montara Mountain

Use trail to Montara Mountain

Montara Mountain middle and North Peaks from Peak Mountain

Montara Mountain middle and North Peaks from Peak Mountain

Diablo Range from Montara Mountain

Diablo Range from Montara Mountain

North from Montara Mountain North peak

North from Montara Mountain North peak

East from Montara Mountain

East from Montara Mountain




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