Wildflower hike at Montara Mountain
Come out with HCSF/HCSV to enjoy a gorgeous array of early wildflowers as well as beautiful ocean views.
Just south of San Francisco, Montara Mountain offers views of the ocean, Pacifica and San Francisco, the Marin headlands, and the bay. It’s also lush with plants, and about 20 species of wildflowers are currently vigorously blooming (more coming soon!) and a few remnants of the mountain's winter bloomers are still holding on too. We'll hike a ~6.9-mile loop from the San Pedro Valley Park parking area to the top of the mountain and back, enjoying a lunch picnic mid-way through. The hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your fitness level, with much of it on a steady incline (total elevation change about ~1650 feet). The hike leader is knowledgeable about wildflowers.
- San Pedro Valley Park charges a $6 parking fee; please bring cash in case there is not a parking attendant.
- Meet in front of the restrooms at the back of the parking lot.
- To carpool, please sign up at https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/wq3v0p.
What to Bring:
- Water (2-3 liters) and snacks
- Picnic lunch
- Sun protection (much of the hike is exposed to the sun)
- A camera if you like wildflowers!
What to Wear:
- Covered-toe, sturdy shoes with good tread
- Layers; the exposed stretches of this hike can be windy and fog can quickly cool it down even on warm days
Sunday, March 24, 2019 (weather permitting; rain will postpone)
10:30 am -- 3/3:30 pm (end time variable depending on the size, pace of group, picnicking time, and on-time start; alone one could do this hike in 4 hours or less)