Old Pedro Mountain Road

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Old Pedro Mountain Road

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  • Gated entrance to the old road.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • The wide trail accommodates bikes and hikers.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • This is an extremely popular trail on weekends.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • Fragrant eucalyptus groves.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • View of the Pacifica coastline.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • Watch for mountain bikers!- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • View of the bunker at the end of the Tom Lantos Tunnel at Devil's Slide.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • Can you see the Golden Gate Bridge?- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • Midpoint on the old road.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • Rolling hills of the peninsula south of San Francisco.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
  • Old Pedro Mountain Road is a very scenic trail.- Old Pedro Mountain Road
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Mostly paved, though rough. Nice views.
Cons: 
Can get busy. Popular mountain bike trail.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
760.00 ft (231.65 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Horseback
Total Distance: 
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
46.00 ft (14.02 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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There have been multiple roads traversing Pedro Mountain between present-day Pacifica and Montara, north of Half Moon Bay, the earliest being described by the Portola Expedition in 1769. The concrete paved road that today is called Old Pedro Mountain Road was built in 1915 and was a route for cars headed over this promontory ridge. The trail is a very popular one and is accessed from either the Montara Trailhead near Gray Whale Cove Beach or on Higgins Avenue in Pacifica. This adventure describes the hike from the Pacifica side up to the major trail intersection and Pacific Ocean overlook about mid-way along the trail.

From the cramped street parking at the end on Higgins Drive, go through the gate and follow the decayed concrete remnants of the old road as it winds up and around the hills through fragrant eucalyptus groves. Increasingly more lofty views of Pacifica and its beaches are seen as the trail climbs. The grade is a steady but easy uphill, and the trail winds lazily around the soft hillsides. Eventually the trail meets the North Peak Access Trail and continues downhill to the Montara Trailhead. Be sure to take the short side trail up to the power pole and the expansive view of the coastline below. A car shuttle would make this route an interesting one to do, as the trail has great views all the way down to the highway and Gray Whale Cove.

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