Best trails in Pedro Point Headlands, California

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Looking for a great trail in Pedro Point Headlands, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Pedro Point Headlands ranging from 1.4 to 6.7 miles and from 16 to 1,043 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Devil's Slide Trail
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
This is a paved trail with incredible views of the ocean. There are free parking lots on both the north and south sides of the trail. This is a great place to bring your family to hike, bike, and enjoy the views. The parking lots are open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs on leash are permitted. People local to the area will remember the trail as a treacherous part of Highway 1, but after the construction of the Devil’s Slide Tunnel, the highway was turned into a hiking path. There are benches along the path to stop and take in your surroundings, as well as interpretive signs that describe the history and geography of the area. Keep an eye out for migrating birds and whales. According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=169): Accessibility: Two parking areas have firm, designated, accessible parking spaces with a slope no greater than 2% - one is immediately south of the Tom Lantos tunnel, the other just north of it. Both have upper and lower lots, each with one accessible space. The route from the lower lots to the trailhead is uphill. These lots fill quickly...there is also a free shuttle from Pacifica that runs Sat.-Sun. from 9 AM - 4 PM. The paved trail consists of two 6-foot-wide bike lanes that travel in either direction and a 10-foot-wide lane alongside for walkers and horseback riders. The steepest section has a 9% grade. It would be a challenging hike in a manual wheelchair even if you have good upper body strength, so you may want to hike this trail with someone who can help on the steep uphill. To avoid the steep stretch, you could start at the northern end and have someone pick you up at the southern lot. Starting from the northern trailhead, a gentle but long uphill takes you past scrub-covered hillsides. A viewing area at the crest of the hill provides a welcome reprieve and is a good place to look for wildlife. After a level stretch, the trail again climbs gradually. Coasting downhill after the crest, look inland at the exposed weathered granite of Montara Mountain. A low barricade on the ocean side allows unobstructed views. To the north, you can see past the Pedro Point Headlands to Mount Tamalpais and Point Reyes in Marin County. On a rocky ledge to the south, you can see the remains of an old military bunker and tracking station that was part of a coastal defense network that stretched from Point Reyes to Half Moon Bay during the Cold War. In less than a quarter-mile, the trail ends at the southern trailhead and parking lot. There are accessible restrooms at both trailheads.Show more
#2 - Pedro Point Headlands Trail
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Secret little coastal hike with unparalleled views of the San Francisco peninsula shoreline. An area of outstanding coastline and natural habitat of several endangered species, the Pedro Point Headlands tower above Linda Mar beach and the southern most point of Pacifica. Now publicly owned, these lands are slowly recovering from dirt-bike use and are gradually being nursed back to health with plans to eventually open series of official trails. Not being well known and without a signpost in sight, if you head up here there's a fair chance you'll have the whole park to yourself!Show more
#3 - Ace Trail to Pedro Point Loop
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#4 - Pedro Point via Devil's Slide Trail
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
This trail has incredible views of the ocean. There are free parking lots on both the north and south sides of the trail. This is a great place to bring your family to hike, bike, and enjoy the views. The parking lots are open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs on leash are permitted. People local to the area will remember the trail as a treacherous part of Highway 1, but after the construction of the Devil’s Slide Tunnel, the highway was turned into a hiking path. There are benches along the path to stop and take in your surroundings, as well as interpretive signs that describe the history and geography of the area. Keep an eye out for migrating birds and whales. Accessibility: The wheelchair and stroller friendly portion of this trail travels south and can be viewed here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/devil-s-slideShow more
#5 - San Pedro Beach to Devil's Slide
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
#6 - Pedro Point Headlands Trail
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 55 m
Pacifica Land Trust purchase of land connecting the Pedro Point Headlands to Pacifica, Ca significantly increases accessibility to the seldom visited headlands, completes another part of the California Coastal Trail and connects Pacifica to the Devils Slide Trail. A placeholder hiking trail now exists with plans underway to develop it further. The trail commences to the left of the Ace Hardware store at Linda Mar, with no identifiable trailhead. Follow the informal trail directly behind the Route 1 barricade, before heading into the vegetation, gently switchbacking up to a gated forest road. Remaining on this forest road heading South will lead you towards Devils Slide. This trail provides a partly forested yet scenic route up to the headlands trail network. The trail off the forest road is initially steep, but this quickly becomes more gradual. Waypoints indicate the intersection of these trails with the forest road.Show more
#7 - The Mile to San Pedro Mountain Trail to Burnside
Pedro Point Headlands
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m