Article

McNee Ranch

A steep hike up Montara Mountain and ocean views near Half Moon Bay at McNee Ranch State Park.

Hike to the summit: 8 miles; 4 hours; 1800 ft elevation gain; strenuous.

McNee Ranch, a tangle of hiking and mountain biking trails across the street from Montara Beach, feels a bit lawless. Two parking lots access the area: a tiny roughhewn pullout tucked into the north side of the Montara valley and a large, less secure, lot around the corner of the headlands by Gray Whale Cove State Beach.

Loads of connector tracks and social trails ensure you can explore the park from either parking lot and any trail, but the big decision should be made: the trek between the beaches or up the mountain?

Hilltromper signup ad

Beach wins? Then wander on down Gray Whale Cove Trail, a lovely journey connecting the parking lots and their respective beaches. While a sign indicates that Gray Whale Cove is a hikers-only path, the upper portion of the track is rife with bike-treaded tracks.

Jonesing for those mountaintop views (and the serious thigh burn that comes with them)? Head up North Peak Access Road from the southern trailhead or link to it using Gray Whale Cove Trail from the northern lot. This fire road passes through an enchanting moss-strewn tree corridor before coming to a three-way intersection by a lovely little green house.

As when facing most challenges in life, there is a hard way and a harder way up, and then there’s a pretty distraction. Ocean View Ranch, a working farm, lies across a well-made bridge to the south. The only trail past that point heads back into the town of Montara, but those are some good-looking horses!

Now back to the upping. Going straight amounts to going straight up, and climbing straight up an off-canter fire road isn’t much fun on foot or fat tire. May we recommend turning left and winding up the longer, more gradual way. A porta potty and a surprising number of picnic tables are just around the corner, and then it’s all uphill from here. Directions to the top of North Peak are the same no matter which of these two trails you take: follow signs for North Peak Access Road and keep climbing.

The views get marvelous in a hurry. If it’s hard for them to get much better than those first glimpses of sunlight glinting off sapphire waves or mist-shrouded shoreline, they do continue to expand, offering up more and more of a very good thing all the way to the top: the summit of Montara Mountain stands 1898 feet above sea level.

Ah, what to say about the top that isn’t like spoiling a good movie? A 360 panorama of the beach, the bay, rolling mountain ridges…just go see it.

Not to say that aimlessly charging these gorgeously textured mountain folds isn’t a worthy endeavor. According to California State Parks, Montara Mountain “features the only undisturbed Coastal Mountain Habitat found in over 100 miles of coastline.” The mountain lions, coyotes, squirrels, rabbits, hawks, kestrels, and California thrashers sure seem happy with it.

There are plenty of spurs shooting about between the main trails. And if you’re mountain biking, it can be a bit confusing which trails are off-limits. In general stay on the main roads and narrower, “nearly singletrack” trails. Much of the singletrack is marked for pedestrians only or is only a social network that may be slicing though some valuable native veg. Yeah, yeah, fun police.

Pups are allowed but must be leashed.

PERFECT FOR Challenging workouts on foot or bike; equestrians also use this trail.

EXPECT lots of sun or lots of fog on these exposed trails. So bring layers and water accordingly!

YOUR MOM WOULD TELL YOU to watch out for poison oak and mountain lions. If you’re biking it, be careful of loose sandy surfaces and a few close brushes with cliff sides. Oh, and wear a helmet, dear.

by L. Clark Tate

Highway 1, Montara, California. 831.726.8819. For more information visit the official Montara State Beach website. View a map of the McNee Ranch area.

Directions: From San Francisco, head south on Highway 101 to Highway 280. Follow 280 south to the Highway 1 exit. Follow Highway 1 south for 11 miles. After passing Gray Whale Cove on the right, keep an eye out for one of two lots on the left side of the road.

From Santa Cruz, head north on Highway 1 for 55 miles, past Half Moon Bay and Moss Beach. After passing Montara State Beach on the left, keep an eye out for two lots on the righthand side of the road. You can park in either one.

NEARBY
Montara State Beach
Sequoia Audubon Trail at Pescadero State Beach
Devil's Slide

Category: 

Field Notes

Plant your flag! Upload a photo, video, field note, nature poem or question for our army of (mostly) amateur naturalists.

 

Please note that McNee Ranch is NOT a separate state park, rather it is the inland portion of Montara State Beach. so that visitors can find these hiking trails, they should be directed to Montara State Beach (not to the former ranch known as McNee which is now owned by State Parks).
See: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=532

ps Google maps are wrong when they show it as "McNee Ranch State Park".
thanks
Linda Locklin
California Coastal Commission

 

Amazing! I really happy to see this kind of post.
ip address

 

Montara Beach is so amazing place to go there and riding, hiking and biking at this place is awesome. I like that you write about it. Here http://www.essaycenter.biz/essay I read about the ideas that are helpful to find the best places to go and spend time.

 

Wow what a Great Information about World Day its very nice informative post. thanks for the post. How To Kiss A Man To Make Him Fall In Love

 

I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.. how to enjoy with an escort

 

Excellent article. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice article. Thanks! keep rocking. gas leak repair

 

I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research ... It's a good post .. keep posting and updating information. Free VPN

 

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Unlike other blogs I have read which are really not that good.Thanks alot! Outsource CAD Services

 

i really like this article please keep it up. Anaheim Plumbing

 

Fabulous online journal you have here. You'll find me taking a gander at your stuff regularly. Spared! plumbers

 

Fantastic data on your site, thank you for setting aside an ideal opportunity to impart to us. Astounding understanding you have on this current, it's decent to discover a site that subtle elements such a great amount of data about distinctive specialists. http://www.artetfacts.com/eboutique/13_borsalino

 

Precisely, you're extremely sort of us about remark!. meble cloveris

 

I respect this article for the very much investigated substance and magnificent wording. I got so included in this material that I couldn't quit perusing. I am awed with your work and aptitude. Much obliged to you to such an extent. Pheromones for men

 

hello!! Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such informative post. Keep up the good work friend. Glad to be part of your net community. recargas web

 

You know your undertakings emerge of the group. There is something uncommon about them. It appears to me every one of them are truly splendid! www

 

There is such a great amount in this article I would never have considered all alone. Your substance gives perusers things to consider in a fascinating way. Much obliged to you for your reasonable data. 3d architectural visualization in Vietnam

 

Awesome information, do anybody mind just reference back to it flowers asda

 

Much obliged to you for some other instructive site. The spot else might just I get that sort of data written in such a flawless strategy? I have an endeavor that I am basically now running on, and I've been at the look out for such information. tesco flowers by post

 

A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing the post.. folks are universes best individual in every existences of individual..they need or must succeed to maintain needs of the gang. cheap business cards printing

 

I read your web journal every now and again and I just thought I'd say keep up the stunning work! mobile detailing clearwater

 

Thank you for your interesting infomation. Michigan Medicare supplement plans

 

Decent to peruse your article! I am anticipating sharing your undertakings and encounters. pay for essay

 

I am unquestionably making the most of your site. You unquestionably have some extraordinary knowledge and incredible stories. smart diet

 

Wow. What a year it’s been! 2016 was full of exciting news in the world of cryptocurrency: we’ve seen continued innovation amidst the blockchain; we’ve seen a steady growth of Bitcoin and increasing global acceptance of the currency; and of course, we’ve seen a growth of Genesis Mining in both our bitcoin farm hardware and customer base. genesis mining discount

 

Thank you so much Love your blog.. wordpress

 

Most likely this is a phenomenal post I got a ton of learning in the wake of perusing good fortunes. Subject of website is magnificent there is very nearly everything to peruse, Brilliant post. clearwater fl - auto detailing

 

I truly welcome the sort of points you post here. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing us an incredible data that is really useful. Great day! boat detailing Largo

 

I might want to thank you for the endeavors you have made in composing this article. I am trusting the same best work from you later on too. Much appreciated... http://www.abcmoney.co.uk

 

You wrote a great blog, and have some great contents. Impressive one. get my contact to know how to start online business in india, how to start ecommerce business in india

 

Thanks for sharing the post.. parents are worlds best person in each lives of individual..they need or must succeed to sustain needs of the family. skin growths

 

This was really an interesting topic and I kinda agree with what you have mentioned here! online marketing services

 

Most likely this is a phenomenal post I got a ton of learning in the wake of perusing good fortunes. Subject of website is magnificent there is very nearly everything to peruse, Brilliant post. tworzenie stron www

 

On the off chance that more individuals that compose articles truly fretted about composing extraordinary substance like you, more perusers would be keen on their compositions. Much obliged to you for thinking about your substance. click here

 

counting sensible remarks here... http://cachtriho.net/

 

I as of late discovered numerous helpful data in your site particularly this site page. Among the loads of remarks on your articles. A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing. culinary practices

 

Positive site, where did u think of the data on this posting? I'm satisfied I found it however, sick be inquiring soon to discover what extra posts you incorporate. real estate courses centrumedukacjinowoczesnej.pl

 

I gotta most loved this site it appears to be exceptionally useful . ductless cooling

 

This is a savvy blog. I would not joke about this. You have such a great amount of learning about this issue, thus much energy. You additionally know how to make individuals rally behind it, clearly from the reactions. http://www.reitingi.lv/lv/archive/ekonomika/84087-latu-aizdevumus-vares-atdot-eiro.html

 

Awesome review, I am a major devotee to remarking on web journals to advise the website essayists realize that they've added something beneficial to the internet!.. vigrx

 

Health insurance in Philippines Pleasant learning picking up article. This post is truly the best on this significant theme. Aetna Philippines

 

i am continually searching for some free stuffs over the web. there are likewise a few organizations which gives free specimens. Weblogr

 

We are ZiddiBoyzz we are best entertainers we are make alot of videos like funny messages and actions e.t.cBestFunnyVideosWe are 7 members Sarmad Hameed(Cast) Danish Shaikh(cast) Saad Khan(cast) Talha Rajput(cast) Aryan Rajput(Director&Writter) Umair Ali(PageManger) Muhammad Muzammil Ali(CamerMan&VideoDirection)...We have Been Since Work 11Month Ago..Thanks FacebookPage

 

A debt of gratitude is in order for your data, it was truly exceptionally helpfull.. www.agataukert.com/fotografia-slubna/slubne-reportaze/zdjecia-slubne-karoliny-i-rafala/

 

Incredible articles and awesome design. Your blog entry merits the greater part of the positive input it"s been getting. heating and cooling supply

 

A debt of gratitude is in order for setting aside an ideal opportunity to talk about this, I feel unequivocally about it and affection adapting more on this subject. On the off chance that conceivable, as you pick up mastery, would you brain redesigning your web journal with additional data? It is to a great degree accommodating for me. Diaper Cover

 

Exceptionally helpful data. Would like to see more posts soon!. Cheap Greeting Cards Printing

 

Much obliged to you for such an elegantly composed article. It"s brimming with quick data and engrossing portrayals. Your perspective is the best among numerous. http://www.fitness-electrostimulation.fr/sport-elec-body-beautiful/

 

That has all the earmarks of being magnificent anyway i am still not very beyond any doubt that I like it. At any rate will look much more into it and choose by and by! pfphermes.pl/pozyczki-prywatne-pod-zastaw/

 

Im no master, however I trust you simply made a fantastic point. You unquestionably completely comprehend what youre talking about, and I can really get behind that. mapiscine-hors-sol.fr/piscine-tubulaire-intex/

 

This is an awesome post. I like this topic.This site has heaps of advantage.I discovered numerous fascinating things from this site. It helps me in numerous ways.Thanks for posting this once more. how do i become a court reporter

Pages