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San Pedro Valley County Park, Pacifica

Enjoy the many trails in the unspoilt hills and valleys of this great Pacifica park.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.3 miles / 3.7 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: Pacifica’s reputation for fog may be well deserved, but the little coastal town on the San Francisco peninsula still basks in the sun throughout much of the year. Coupled with the fact that San Pedro Valley County Park is nestled in the sheltered hillside next to Montara Mountain means that this area gets more than its fair share of good weather.

The hillside trails of San Pedro Valley Park are a great way to enjoy the 1200 acres of lush greenery and natural coastal mountainside with hardly an indication that you’re located right next to suburbia.

Recommended Routes:
• 2.3 mile Brooks Creek Loop. Start at Brooks Creek trailhead, return on Montara Mountain Trail.
• 2.4 mile Valley View Loop. Pick up the Valley View Trail, return on Weiler Ranch Trail.
• 4.6 mile Hazelnut Trail Loop. Begin on Weiler Ranch Trail, return on Hazlenut Trail.
open meadow and grassland areas where endangered plants and animals may exist.
• 5.8 mile Valley View & Hazlenut trails Combine into a larger loop trail.
• 7.0 mile Montara Mountain Trail to North Peak out-and-back route.

Tips:
• San Pedro Valley Park charges a day use fee and operates seasonal opening times. If you’re concerned about spending too long in the park and getting locked in, consider parking on the street outside the park entrance.
• The picnic tables with barbeque pits are a great place for a family get-together.
• Pick a nice clear day for this hike as San Bruno Mountain can be a magnet for clouds and fog.


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Hazelnut Trail

Certainly one of the best trails in the park, the Hazelnut Trail is named for the California Hazelnut which can be found throughout the park.

Beginning at the parking lot, we recommend either choosing the 4.6 mile Hazelnut Trail Loop beginning on Weiler Ranch Trail, or combining with the Valley View trail for a total of 5.8 miles.

On a clockwise loop the trail winds around the hillside before switch-backing to the top for a total elevation gain of 800ft. After following the ridgeline between the Middle and South Forks of San Pedro Creek, the trail descends under cover of a dense Eucalyptus forest before terminating at the short Plaskon nature trail.
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Plaskon Nature Trail

A short, sheltered and self-guided nature trail located behind the visitor center.
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Brooks Creek Trail

A 2.3 mile loop trail up Brooks Creek Trail, past Brooks falls and returning along Montara Mountain Trail is a great way to experience the park.

Pick up the Brooks Creek trailhead located near the restrooms and follow it uphill through a forest of eucalyptus. At a fork in the trail, take the uphill direction and you'll soon be clear of the forest and surrounded by scrub and manzanita with views of the surrounding hills and sound of water in Brooks Creek below.
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Brooks Falls (Seasonal)

Out of season you won't even notice that its there, but in winter and spring a constant stream of water at Brooks Falls cascades 175ft down the hillside in three individual tiers.
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Valley View Trail

Pick up the Valley View trail at the 4-way intersection with Weiler Ranch Trail and head for the Southern facing slope of the Middle Fork valley, passing through a couple of switchbacks in eucalyptus forest before breaking out onto open hillside and coastal scrub. The trail zig-zags its way 400ft back down the hill before rejoining Weiler Ranch Trail.

Beginning at the parking lot, the Valley View Trail loop is 2.4 miles. Alternatively you could combine this with the Hazelnut Trail for a 5.8 mile hike.
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Montara Mountain Trail

Arguably the best trail in the park, the Montara Mountain Trail begins by the park entrance at an elevation of 200ft and leads to the 1,898ft summit of Montara Mountain's North Peak.

Passing through eucalyptus forest, the trail continues past the junction with Brooks Creek Trail and rises high into the hills revealing increasingly impressive views of the surrounding area and the coastline of Pacifica.

The park's Montara Mountain Trail terminates just over a mile from the summit of Montara Mountain's North Peak. Heading onto a trail uncharted by this guide, take a left turn onto the wide partly-paved road and continue 1.1 miles to the summit.
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Weiler Ranch Trail

The Weiler Ranch Trail cuts a level route straight through the park, beginning at Oddstad Blvd at the park boundary and passing through areas of flat grassland parallel to the creek.

Use Weiler Ranch to access both Hazlenut and Valley View trails, or take advantage of a great paved running trail which features mile-markers throughout.
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Old Trout Road

Short wide path which connects with Brooks Creek trail. This path got its name from the trout farm which used to be based in this valley, and you can still identify the outline of the now-infilled tanks to your right as you walk past.
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Visitor Center

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Park Entrance Station

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Restrooms

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Picnic Tables

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Picnic Tables

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Valley View Trail (End)

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Hazlenut Trail (End)

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Weiler Ranch Trail (End)

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Montara Mountain Trail (End)

The Montara Mountain Trail ends at the boundary of San Pedro Valley County Park, but the road to the summit of North Peak continues for another 1.1 miles. Bear left here and head up the wide partly-paved road to the summit.
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Brooks Creek Trail (End)

If you're taking the 2.3 mile loop trail of Brooks Creek, turn right here and return along the Montara Mountain Trail. Not before taking breather at the bench and admiring the view however.
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Old Trout Road (End)

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Plaskon Nature Trail (End)

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