November 13

McNee Ranch State Park

On a gorgeously clear warm day in November we hike up McNee Ranch along the San Pedro Mountain Road up toward North Peak. From the hike we had great views of Gray Whale Cove, the entire city of Montara out toward Princeton-by-the-Sea out toward Halfmoon Bay. Then higher up on the ridge the city of Pacifica up north to the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. You could also make out the tips of both towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Mt. Tamalpias was clear as was the coast of Marin County. Even higher up downtown Oakland and Mt. Diablo came into view. Overall the almost 2,000 foot elevation climb wasn't too bad, the hike wasn't a constant steep upward grade, although toward the end it seemed steep. We definitely recommend this hike on extraordinaryly clear and warm days.

  • A passing hiker took this photo, Gray Whale cover is in the background.

  • Overlooking Montara State Beach

  • Slow steady climb up the hill.

  • Near the top, the city of Pacifica and San Francisco

  • Near the top, the city of Pacifica and San Francisco

  • Overlooking Montara State Beach

  • It was so clear you could see forever!

  • FWEE!

  • Near the top, the city of Pacifica and San Francisco

  • Near the top, the city of Pacifica and San Francisco

  • It got warm on this hike, it was around the low 70's.

  • The rolling interior hills of our hike.

A panorama lookng north over Pacifica out toward San Francisco and Marin County. (image opens in separate window, double click image in new window to view full size)