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North Peak Access Road

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 4.0 (9)

A steep fire road to the summit of Montara Mountain.


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Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Doubletrack

1,835' 559 m

High

84' 26 m

Low

1,751' 534 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

This fire/service road starts from a small pullout on State Highway 1 just north of Montara State Beach. Past a gate, heading east, it's a gravel road that crosses the Old Pedro Mountain Road near a ranger residence. Old Pedro Mountain Road is an easier option for the first part of the ascent.

This road takes a more direct but steeper route before rejoining Old Pedro Mountain Road in a short distance and the two roads share the same route until Old Pedro Mountain Road branches off part way up the ridge. The road starts climbing steeply at this point with a few breaks before reaching the communications tower at the summit (1,900 ft).

The road is generally wide and smooth, with the section shared with Old Pedro Mountain Road consisting of old broken pavement. The steep sections are sandy with ruts repaired with rock making for sketchy descents. Some upper sections were carved out of the bedrock. There is a very steep section of tight singletrack that can be reached from halfway up the climb. It has lots of jumps and rock gardens. The start is marked by two metal posts just past halfway up when the trail splits in two.

This trail provides nice coastal views when it's not foggy, which is rare.

Shared By:

Bob Gardner with improvements by Logan Smith and 1 other

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  4.0 from 9 votes

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#493

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#7,812

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Photos

The views from the top of the North Peak Access Road.
Sep 21, 2016 near Montara, CA
Section of Pedro Mountain Road with Montara Beach in the distance.
Mar 7, 2016 near Montara, CA
Start of steep section past junction with Pedro Mountain Road.
Mar 7, 2016 near Montara, CA
North Peak Access Road.
Mar 9, 2016 near Montara, CA
View from North Peak Access Road.
Mar 9, 2016 near Montara, CA
Panorama from Montara Mountain.
Mar 9, 2016 near Montara, CA

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Nov 14, 2020
Thomas DeMeo
A beautiful fall day. 4.8mi — 1h 09m
Aug 22, 2020
Umar Ali
Mar 25, 2019
Casey Owen
Oct 2, 2017
Kurt Heineman
Almost completed the whole track. It was steep and tough uphill but a good workout. 5mi — 1h 10m
Jul 9, 2017
Andy W
Mar 26, 2016
jason wong