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This unmistakable landmark along Highway 1 harbors one-of-a-kind flora and fauna on 4,262 acres of steep, rugged terrain.
Threatened, rare and endangered plants and animals, including Hickman's cinquefoil, Montara manzanita, San Francisco garter snakes and the Montara blue bush lupine.
Less than 10 miles from San Francisco, the 4,262-acre Rancho Corral de Tierra juts up from near the coast to Montara Mountain’s nearly 2,000-foot peak, offering awe-inspiring ocean views, habitat for several endangered species, vital watersheds, and rich farmland.
From the parking area, climb Ranch Road past the Ember Ridge Equestrian Center. Then continue onto the ridge and follow the Spine Ridge Trail for four miles out-and-back. With 1,500 feet of elevation, this hike can take you above the fog and on a clear day, you can see Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. Pack a windbreak and sunscreen as the hike is exposed and can get breezy!
This natural gem was slotted for development into large estate residences until POST intervened. POST bought the land from 2001 – 2003 and sold almost 4,000 acres to the National Park Service in 2011. The remaining acres continue to be used by a small farm operation. Rancho Corral de Tierra is now the southern gateway to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.