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San Francisco Hike Details

  Waterfall Loop, San Pedro Valley Park, County of San Mateo, San Mateo County  
Trail - Waterfall Loop, San Pedro Valley Park, County of San Mateo, San Mateo County
11:38 am

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Area San Francisco
Address Trout Farm rd, CA 94044
Elevation 62.00 m ( 200 ft )
Change 198.40 m ( 640 ft )
Distance 3.54 km ( 2.20 miles )
Difficulty Easy
Lat / Long , 37° 34' 41.38
Special instructions   Since parking is a fee of 5 dollars, carpooling is encouraged.

The Good  From Bay Area HIker: "This park mostly for short hikes, as the proximity to San Francisco makes it possible to squeeze a 2 or 3 mile jaunt into a spare morning or afternoon. In winter, when rain is forecast for the afternoon, I can usually make it to the park, hike, and then make it home in about 3 hours, beating the raindrops. . . This loop can be walked in either direction. With the counterclockwise direction, you get the best views that way."

The Bad  This place can get dangerous in a storm, so don't hike if it it is raining.

Where  Trout Farm Rd & Oddstad Blvd
Pacifica, CA 94044

Notes  No dogs allowed.

Parking fee of $5.00 even when no one is at the trail head.

Foot bridge photo by this sscarpaci: http://www.panoramio.com/user/1067770

Trail notes from Bay Area Hiker http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/sanpedro.html:

Park in the lot to the right after you pass the entrance kiosk. Look for the yellow fire hydrant. Towering manzanitas on Montara Mountain Trail near the restrooms; the start of the trail is a few feet to the left of the hydrant.

Start up the trail and almost immediately, at about 210 feet, you'll reach the first signed junction. Turn right onto Montara Mountain Trail. Montara Mountain Trail ascends slightly, then at about 0.12 mile, the trail crosses a paved service road. Continue straight. At 1.22 miles, Montara Mountain Trail meets Brooks Falls Trail at a signed junction. This is a good spot to stop and admire the ocean view. Turn left. There is a bench at 1.64 miles into the hike. As you continue downhill, you'll cross a bridge constructed in 2000 to help hikers avoid a previously soggy stretch of trail. At 1.97 miles, you'll reach a signed junction. The trail to the right returns to the valley floor, so stay to the left, toward the Visitor CenterPine trees along Brooks Falls Trail (the other trail is an option for returning to the trailhead). Just a few feet later, stay to the left again as an old closed path breaks off to the right. You'll pass a few young redwoods, then bisect a grove of pines and a handful of Douglas fir. At 2.18 miles, you'll reach a previously encountered junction. Turn right and retrace your steps to the parking lot.
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Hike Dates
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Dec 28th, 2008        

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