Montara Mtn - TRAIL

Montara Mtn - Trail, Pacifica, California

Montara is really just a long fire road to the top of Montara Mtn (1750 ft). There is one section of singletrack, a bit hidden that is incredibly challenging (and, at times, dangerous). Great 360 degree views of the Bay Area at the top and the descending is awesome. Find the singletrack that runs off the main trail for adventure.

User Reviews (36)

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Park Lover   Weekend Warrior [Jan 12, 2012]

The Crack on Montara Mountain is totally unauthorized with much illegal damage done to native vegetation and along the edge of endangered species habitat in McNee Ranch State Park. Repeated warnings to the bikers cutting it and, more recently to the bikers who cut switchbacks alongside it were ignored. State park signs declaring the "Area Closed" have been vandalized and torn down recently.

I know hotdogging on your bicycles is fun, but please do it where you are not damaging natural areas.

Customer Service

None for the Crack. Bicycles are welcome on Old San Pedro Mountain Road, on the North Peak Road, and on the Grey Whale Cove Trail in McNee Ranch State Park. North Peak Road is a pretty darn good aerobic workout. All this is for now. Some of us will push for banning bicycles altogether in McNee if the Crack continues to be abused and new trails continue to be cut in the park by cyclists.

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eliadzone   Downhiller [Sep 02, 2008]

I've been looking forward for this day for about 3-4 years. since I first heard about this mountain.
We parked on Higgins and rode up the paved rode (old hwy 1?)
The climb is easy until you get to the crack. we pushed up 'the crack' to check it out. then geared up and rode down, what a blast. it was awesome. The Crack is insane. steep, rocky, narrow and everything you can ask from a technical trail. since it was my first time, I took it easy and even got off my bike in couple of sections. but I plan to come again and again and again until I pinn it down. After doing 'the crack' one mile train and boy scout seem really easy. but be aware, they can surprise you at any moment.
Montara mountain rocks! and I'll be back for more. I don't know why I waited so long to ride it :)

Customer Service

Park on Higgins Rd. (Linda Mar side) and climb up the old paved rode.

Similar Products Used: Still looking
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4
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3
raphstason   Weekend Warrior [Nov 25, 2007]

I'v been tying pretty much every trail relitivly near me this year and this place is awsome. I did crack which was probably the hardest climb iv ever had to do but it was tite, my dad fell(didnt get hurt) and one of my freind swalked it lol i liked it. Then 'the mile' that was a sweet run to it starts off tech but then someone built berms and jumps neer the end. And we finished it of with boy scout which is jumps and that was just really fun and neer the end one of my freinds fell really hard. We went with two freeride bikes, and xc and a dirt jump hardtail. Plus since it was our first time some semi local riders rode with us and that was cool.

Customer Service

i like the rout i took

Similar Products Used: some trails in tildon park or in redwood regonal
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PTownDiddy   Weekend Warrior [Dec 07, 2006]

I've been riding the mountain a couple times a week for about 6 months and have found every climb rewarding, every view and wildlife sighting amazing, and every descent an adreneline-filled romp. Every fall and every bout of poison oak has been memorable too...
But I can't get enough of it. Mostly ride the mile and boyscout. Tried 911 once with a few DHers...but my skills weren't up to the task. Never tried the crack.

The upper trails except 911 drain very well (rideable day after rain even). Boyscout gets little sun, so it takes several days and sometimes a week or more to dry out after a rain as it is near bottom of mountain drainage system and in heavy trees.

Customer Service

read all others...no real options here. Ride everything except have to hike up the crack (right branch of trail that leads east at crossroads). This is a rocky climb, but much easier than pushing up 911. You have to see these two trails to really appreciate the skill and balls of the guys who ride 'em.
Check out videos on Gearheadbikeshop.com link (peter fagerlin videos). These were filmed about 4 years ago, and it's really interesting to see the amount of erosion that has taken place in the past few years of storms and riding(?) especially on the mile section.
also, the video on the Montara Heim3guide web site that Lee McCormack filmed and edited is a great intro to Montara Mountain trails. Have fun!

Similar Products Used: Mori Point is another Pacifica spot that can be a fun training ground with some challenges if you look for them and plan your loops.
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BeaverBikersDad   Weekend Warrior [Nov 29, 2006]

At the summit on the paved road it crosses a dirt road. We called this the crossroads in the 60s. To the southeast is a big rock named "Indian Rock" for no known reason. Adjacent to Indian rock is (was) a steep fire road, which is now likely only a single track, if it exists at all.

I have ridden it on a Schwin Stingray (foot brake on the back and calipers on the front with a banana seat)and also on a Schwin Varsity 10 speed full rigid because suspension had not yet been invented. I'm a little old to try that again.

About 100 yards south of Indian Rock is the fools gold mine. Just past that is the old WW II army bunker.

Back on the north side at the point where you can see west down into Shamrock ranch then just behind you is the old rifle range. Up the hill to the north is the old Boy Scout camp. Down the hill past the rifle range is the old dump.

Just trying to help clarify some landmarks.

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pyro-   Weekend Warrior [Feb 19, 2006]

Yeah that may sum it up. the singletrack is called one mile. at the top their is supposed to be two very challenging freeride trails called 911 and the crack. if your looking for an easier jump and freeride course, before you get off at the top look to your right for a trail that goes up into whats called boy scout. this is all on the backside of montara mtn or the linda mar side. the saddle is what the fireroad is called on the montara side. and i honestly do ride this once a week. PS. watch out for walkers (kooks/barneys) and watch out for crazed kids on hardtails, (that would be me)PSS. One mile is very technical, only do it if you are an expirenced rider and know what your doing.

Customer Service

up backside fire road, then one mile down to boyscout or just boyscout.

Similar Products Used: Ridge jumps (other side of linda mar)
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2
dscot420   Weekend Warrior [Sep 14, 2005]

Fire road climb all the way up to the top. Last push up to the top of The Crack is steep. Gear up at the top and get ready for a fun ride. The Crack is a very narrow single track that is in decent shape and runs you over the top of some large boulders. After about 1-2 minutes you pop out down at the intersection you passed about 30 minutes before. A 5-10 minute climb blocks the way to Mile-Long. Once at the top you can get the lead out. Mile-long is fast and fun. Give it about another 1-2 minutes and you are at the next intersection with the fire road. Boyscout begins with a small incline. After that you are rewarded with jumps, drops, and berms. Depending on the route down it can take from 3-5 minutes. Lots of rocks, good jumps and drops, and great scenery. Bring your pads and have fun.

Customer Service

Stop by the bike shop and sign the waiver since part of Boyscout is on private land. Leave the car in the parking lot and head up the fire road climb. Drop The Crack, do Mile-long, and get high on boyscout.

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doesnt matter   Downhiller [Dec 16, 2003]

Wall banger you are a dumbass no one calls it quad all the locals call it "The Crack" so shut up and actualy review the trail instead of trying to go all hardcore and impress someone. This trail is a great downhill training run with lots of fast technical rock sections as well as turns. If you're ever in the area be sure to check it out.

Customer Service

Up the fireroad to the crossroads/saddleback, then hike up the trail, noticeable to the left before the fireroad begins to descend.

Similar Products Used: 911, the mile, boyscouts
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apt   Cross Country Rider [Sep 22, 2003]

MONTARA LOCAL-Just fun riding and unmatched views

Similar Products Used: Purissma Creek Open Space in Half Moon Bay-Whitmore Gulch fun single track
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Ed   Downhiller [Aug 26, 2003]

This place is the best. The Crack is pretty hard along with 911 which in my case is nearly impossible. Mile Long is a fast speed run to the bottom that is mostly smooth. But Boy Scout is the best. It used to be pretty crappy until some one stepped up and made it the best. New jumps, real berms, and great small stuff.

Customer Service

The north road that leads all the way up.

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