Level: Advanced
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Fire Road
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +569/ -560 ft
Total: 43 riders

Mountain Biking Montara Mountain

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#119 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,627 in the world

This is a steep up and down. You'll encounter a mix of deteriorating pavement, gravel and dirt in the first couple miles up. The ocean will be at your back, but make sure you stop every once in awhile to look back and take in some of the scenery. On your way up, you'll pass a port-o-potty on the right. Good if nature calls and you didn't pick up beforehand. The ascent is steady and relentless. There isn't much to see on your way up otherwise. Montara Mountain peaks with a slew of transmitter towers to keep you company while you catch your breath. Your reward for the sweat equity fronted is a long, fast downhill. Make sure you check your brakes before you head up. I didn't check mine before my ride and it was a white- knuckled ride back trying to squeeze any bit of stopping power out of my mechanical disc brakes. There are some rocky sections and some sandy corners so stay focused and don't overestimate your abilities less you want your bike to fly perilously off the side of the mountain a 100 feet down. Be sure to layer as I began my ride in sunshine, but the top was covered with fog and mist. In summary, a definite workout up, but the ride down will get your blood pumping! Happy Trails!

First added by ActivEric on Jun 25, 2011. Last updated Mar 8, 2021. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: no
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Heading up from Half Moon Bay on Highway 1 for about 10 miles, you will find the small parking lot at the trailhead marked by a yellow metal gate on the east side of the highway. Lot is just past Montara State Beach and is good for about 6 cars. Make sure you don't pass Devil's Slide. There is another larger lot 0.2 miles farther south at Montara State Beach.
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  • bikerboy15
    Reviewing Boy Scout:

    Awesome trail, has some seriously big dirt jumps and some smaller doubles and drops. Something for every skill level. Very fun. Super easy climb to loop it.

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  • Dylan000
    Reviewing Boy Scout:

    great fun lots of jumps double jumps and drops if you go just loop it until you get bored there's a little trail to get up to the trail head

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  • Dylan000

    awesome trails you will definitely have a lot of fun you should definitely do boy scout but watch out for the double jumps the other trails are quite difficult and technical so if you are beginner to intermediate stay on boy scout other wise go have some fun

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