Home to Montara Mountain, this park is remarkable for its rare plants, unusual coastal chaparral, and cool ocean breezes.
San Pedro Valley County Park is a park for all seasons. In winter and early spring, manzanitas and early wildflowers like slinkpods, milkmaids, flowering currants, and trilliums decorate the trails, and 175-foot Brooks Falls is at its fullest as it spills in tiers down a hillside. As spring peaks, a variety of wildflowers bloom in the park’s meadows. In summer and fall, when other places are baking, the nearby ocean keeps temperatures milder here. The park’s rich diversity of plants and habitats supports abundant wildlife from birds to mammals. And on clear days, the views from the upper trails stretch from Marin to San Mateo County and out into the Pacific.Seven trails covering about 10 miles offer opportunities for flat and easy to relatively steep and strenuous hikes. Facilities include picnic areas and a visitor center (open on weekends only) with exhibits showcasing the park’s natural features and a bookstore.
The Hazelnut Trail takes its name from the profusion of California hazelnut bushes that grow along the length of this 4-mile loop trail through the thick, diverse, and fragrant coastal scrub on the steep slopes between Montara Mountain and San Pedro Valley. It’s a beautiful trail anytime of year, but especially so in mid-summer, […]
Hike by Dave Carroll, originally published in the January 2008 issue of Bay Nature magazine Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola came upon San Pedro Valley in 1769, en route to his expedition’s accidental discovery of San Francisco Bay. On the southeastern edge of Pacifica, San Pedro Valley County Park is today a haven for Peninsula […]