Route Climbed: Old San Pedro Rd -> Montara Mtn Trail Date Climbed: 11.11.2000
Been up this peak other times besides that listed (that's the only one I wrote down). Beautiful place, though- excellent views of the ocean, Halfmoon Bay, Pacifica, and almost no people! When done, one gets to walk down to the beach 2 min away, right on the other side of the highway!
Route Climbed: San Pedro Valley; McNee Ranch; Devil's Slide Date Climbed: many
I got no view at all on the summit for the first two times. Fog, mist and wind is normal occurrance here (bring a jacket), which contributes to the lush vegetation and (I think) the lack of crowds. I prefer the San Pedro valley route, which has more narrow hiking trails (as opposed to fire road) and views of the deep canyon northwest of the summit. The mountain is never crowded considering it is less than 10 miles from San Francisco. It has more ocean view than city views since it is set back behind other lesser ridges (San Bruno Mtn, Sweeney Ridge) on the bay side. The famous Devil's slide (landslide prone) area of Highway 1 basically passes under the shoulder of Montara Mountain.
Route Climbed: Both common routes from the west Date Climbed: Many
A great way to "get away from it all" without really getting away from San Francisco. I've probably hiked around here ten times or so; only bothered to go up around the summit a few times. Have gotten rained on, broiled, fogged in, blown off...just about everything except snow. We climbed it yesterday (2/16/02) so I could refresh my memory before making the Montara Mountain page. I took some photos; will scan and post them if any good ata later date.