Last Sunday my favorite hiking buddy (my husband, Gene) and I broke away from the busyness of life and real estate to enjoy a fast-paced hike from San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica to the top of nearby Montara Mountain. A scenic drive of about 30 minutes lead us from downtown San Carlos, up beautiful Interstate 280, to Highway One along the coast, and then to the park.
This hike, roughly 10 miles in length, gains perhaps 1,000 ft. While the trail is steep, the beauty of the blooming wildflowers, flowering trees and shrubs, views of the Pacific Ocean, and the utter peace of the area more than reward one for the effort expended.
Another benefit to me of this particular hike on Sunday was that I was in cell phone reception, and with an offer out and response expected that day, it was imperative that I could be reached. Having escapes like this so close to our homes and businesses in the Silicon Valley and bayside San Mateo County is one of the many reasons living here is so marvelous.
Enjoy the pictures!
The goal: Montara Mountain
Trail down the mountain, with manzanita shrubs in bloom and the Pacific Ocean in the distance
A carpet of Forget-Me-Nots bloom near the parking lot at San Pedro Valley Park, Pacifica.