Features: Birding — Views — Wildlife
The best way to approach this trail is to park at Montara State Beach or the McNee Ranch Gate off of Highway 1. It starts off on a dirt road (Old San Pedro Mountain Road
), then crosses a bridge and heads through a ranch. After about 1/2 mile, you turn left and head straight up a steep hill towards the mountain. This leads to a little flat area where a mess of rutted dirt roads descend into the trees. Stay generally right/south and look for a steep trail which leads off to the left after 1/10th of a mile or so. You are aiming for the water tanks up on Alta Vista Rd. Once there, head left on the road which ends and turns into a good singletrack trail at the Rancho Corral de Tierra sign. This is the start of the Alta Vista Trail
This trail is about 1.5 miles to the top of the peak on a very steep (up to 40% grades!), but generally good trail. There are many new steps which help a lot. Amazing views the whole way.
You can come down on the Montara Mountain Trail
and make it a nice ~7 mile loop.