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!