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Montara Mtn

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 36

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.
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Latitude
37.55029358651351
Longitude
-122.47386932373047
Trail Directions
There are two accesses to the mtn. One is at Montara State Park, the other is an old, paved, service road on the north side of the mtn. This is the easiest to ride but hardest to find.
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Pacifica
   


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Review Date
January 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.33 of 5, 6.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Park Lover ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



Comments
tomcarter (05/10/2012)
I do understand why the park people and the tree huggers feel this way, because I too have always been respectful of and protective of nature over the 50 years I have been enjoying it. That having been said I will say that there are lots of protected nature areas in Northern California, and there are too many yahoo riders, but there is only one "Crack." Routes like this are an endangered species unless you go to the Sierras to a bike park. There is nothing else like this descent locally. There need to be a few places like this where riders can go all out. Being on the edge of a protected area is not the same as cutting through the heart of it, especially when this trail has been being ridden for at least 20 years.A few hundred feet of switchbacks, some rocks knocked loose, and dead weeds are a small price. I've ridden in a lot of places and most of them are riven with illegal trails cut by hikers. Very few of these have tire tracks on them. Equestrians' horses dig up and crap trails wherever they have access and they make no attempt at trail repair. The park and open space authorities usually are happy to work out a multi use solution when they get feedback from all groups. Mountain bikers have rights too and this issue will be pursued further
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Review Date
September 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: eliadzone ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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 :)

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Still looking



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Review Date
November 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: raphstason ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
i like the rout i took

Other recommended trails in the same area:
some trails in tildon park or in redwood regonal



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Review Date
December 7, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: PTownDiddy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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.



Comments
PTownDiddy (05/14/2007)
wanted to revise my last review. you can ride up to the crack and 911, but not on anything but a light "all mountain" or a "xc" rig. after cross roads, continue west for about 1 mile to next intersection. take hard left and get ready for lung burning, steep steep rutted climb to top. Have done this a few times now on my 30 lb trail bike...with several breaks on the way up. You really earn your turns on the crack and 911 if you take this route. You're also rewarded with awesome views of grey whale cove, devil's slide and montara.
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Review Date
November 29, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BeaverBikersDad ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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