North Peak Access Road
ElevationAscent: 1,751' 534 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,835' 559 m
Low: 84' 26 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“A steep fire road to the summit of Montara Mountain.”— Bob Gardner
Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed
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.