This Sunday (4/19) PARC's Monthly Trail Run heads to scenic Pacifica to run the magnificent and geologically interesting Montara Mtn. The Monthly Trail run last visited this amazing mountain in 2008, the return is long overdue. Most of the route route offers wide Pacific vistas on the mostly exposed slopes of the mountain.
The long run is somewhat demanding going both to the top of Montara Mtn (1,800') as well as down the beach and then returning back over the ridge shoulder to the Pacifica parking lot. An epic 3,300' vertical in 12.6 miles!
When: Sunday April 19, 2015. Meet at 8:15am for an 8:30am start.
To carpool meet at the "Park&Ride" pull-off at 280 and Sand Hill Road. The carpool departs at 7:40am.
Where: The run starts and ends in San Pedro Valley Park, 600 Oddstad Blvd. Pacifica. Suggested route: https://goo.gl/maps/cfotv
Bring $6 per vehicle for park entrance fee. The middle half of this run is in Montara Beach State Park (formerly McNee Ranch SP).
What: A long (about 12.6 miles, 3,300 feet vertical) and an intermediate run (about 6.8 miles, 1,800 feet vertical).
This is a remote trail run and each runner must carry at least one water bottle.
We ask every runner to find other runners of approximately the same running ability to form a group.
As usual, there will be a runners potluck after the run, so please bring food or drink to share.
Why: A California Coastal Epic - from an Oak and Eucalyptus shaded Valley to Mountain top Bay and Pacific views, and down to a cozy white sand beach. And then back again!
Picture credit - coastaltrailruns.com
Maps and trail directions distributed at the run. The Google Maps Terrain View of the area is also illuminating. Distances and elevation gains are approximate. Click on the route map below to load the full size version.