Saturday, April 08, 2017

Saturday scenery: Montara Mountain in spring

The Old Pedro Mountain Road was once the main route between what are now the towns of Pacifica and Half Moon Bay along the coast south of San Francisco. Crossing the shoulder of Montaro Mountain, it was nearly impassible for automobiles and was replaced by the modern graded route that became Highway 1 in 1937. Much of the former paving has crumbled away but the remainder makes a great running, hiking and biking trail. The view here is of Pacifica on a recent overcast morning.

A wet winter peels away yet more asphalt and knocks down huge old trees.

All that water has made the ridge wonderfully green.

Scrappy wildflowers are in bloom.

Here is the view south toward Half Moon Bay.

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