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Old Pedro Mountain Road

Intermediate
 3.6 (19)

An old connector road between Pacifica and Montara.


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6.4

Miles

10.4

KM

Doubletrack

922' 281 m

High

115' 35 m

Low

862' 263 m

Up

807' 246 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Description

This road winds its way along ridge lines with gradual climbs between the towns of Pacifica and Montara. Prior to the completion of State Highway 1, in 1937, it carried vehicle traffic between the two towns but some didn't make it and several wrecks can be seen in gullies along the route. Now it's only open to hikers, cyclists, and horses as it traverses Montara State Beach and McNee Ranch State Park.

Also referred to as "Old" Pedro Mountain Road, from Pacifica it starts at the end of Higgins Way in the Linda Mar neighborhood. The surface is partially paved, mostly broken, with some sections washed out and narrowed. There are some nice coastal views from the ridge-top "Saddle Pass" when it's not foggy.

This road connects with the North Peak Access Road for the steep climb to Montara Mountain.

In Montara, the road dead-ends at a fence where a residential street begins. Take the Farallone Cutoff for a more direct route to Montara State Beach and Hwy 1.

Shared By:

Bob Gardner

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 19 votes

#2

in Pacifica

#5295

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  3.6 from 19 votes
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Trail Rankings

#2

in Pacifica

#309

in California

#5,295

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Photos

Cloudy view of the coast.
Mar 11, 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
Climbing Old Pedro Mountain Road.
Mar 7, 2016 near Montara, CA

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Jun 11, 2020
Ryan Walker
Sep 19, 2019
Bem Derico
Only one way. Be sure to leave before dark so you're not caught on the road too late 6mi — 19h 30m
May 4, 2019
Joe Rattay
Went on a bike ride
Dec 8, 2018
Halldor Fannar
Aug 28, 2018
Dave Minton
12.8mi
Aug 17, 2018
Mark Johnson
The old road is barely more than singletrack. Going uphill is easy. It’s a well used path so beware the downhill - hikers, dogs, bikers and horses. — 2h 07m
Aug 12, 2018
Blake Feldman
Super fun trail! Not too steep and perfect for getting back on the bike after a good 6 months of no riding 12.8mi
May 6, 2018
Luis Aponte