Mori Point Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacifica, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
396 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Just a short distance down the coast from the city of San Francisco, Pacifica is where the concrete truly ends and gives way to green hills and dramatic coastal scenery. Mori Point is a great place enjoy a sunset, do a spot of whale watching or simply enjoy the waves of the Pacific Coast washing up onto the shores. Remember to check out the ridgeline trail too, where you can see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day. Rather than recommend a specific route around the park, we've mapped out the complete network of trails and included other unofficial trails which you won't find on a park map yet are just as worthy of your exploration. Also, when savoring the splendor of the coastal bluffs of Mori Point in Pacifica you might want to bear in mind that the views here were so nearly very different. Developers have considered many plans for this land - condominiums, commercial development, an intersection for a new freeway extension and even a proposal to create a "Coney Island of the West" on the wetlands below. In 2000, the fervent efforts of the Pacifica Land Trust, California Coastal Conservency and the Trust for Public Land resulted in the purchase of the land and it was turned over to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for preservation and restoration. Parking/Trailheads: - Bradford Way at the end of Mori Point Road (near the Moose Lodge) has many free parking opportunities. - South of the park, Rockaway Beach has a large free parking lot located by the ocean shore and is also convenient for the nearby Rockaway restaurants and stores. Access the park via the level Old Country Road path, or if you're feeling adventurous you could check out the climb up to the coastal bluffs. - Pacifica Pier is located off-map parallel to Santa Rosa Avenue. You'll find plenty of free parking in this area and a great beach-side stroll to Mori Point. Alternatives: - Consider extending your hike North of Mori Point to Pacifica pier. - Trailspotting's Sweeney Ridge Guide connects Mori Point to the hills above Pacifica.

10 days ago

great view and fun hike!! there is alot of dog poop on the trails so watch where you step

hiking
14 days ago

Scenery: 2
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 2
Crowds: 3
Shade: 1

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
23 days ago

This is a trail -- or area -- you can customize to your own level/desires due to the number of criss-crossing options. I hiked early morning with the hills and coast in a fog and found this just completely beautiful and mesmerizing. Besides the first steep incline, the loop trail can be kept pretty easy, but if you want more of a challenge, work in a couple of jaunts to the peaks, you can even approach them from different sides to amp it up even more. There are also some interesting old cypress trees to admire in addition to all the wildflowers. I imagine this is really beautiful on a clear, sunny day as well. There were enough locals jogging or walking their dogs to keep it from being too creepy. But it didn't feel crowded at all.

hiking
28 days ago

Stunning and accessible

hiking
1 month ago

I would rate this as moderate simply due to the few inclines and declines and the loose ground. They’re short bursts but enough to take it out of the easy category.

Sadly the trail has been destroyed with dog poop. I was disgusted by the sheer volume of poop we encountered. I was there with my dog and I had to ensure she didn’t stand on any. Ugh, people of California - please TAKE CARE of our coastline trails! 郎

Great views, but be careful with dogs or kids as some sections cut very close to the edge! I

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Easy, short trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Def not easy, especially if you have any fear of cliffs and steep inclines near the edge of the Pacific but beautiful and peaceful. Also make sure to google map the parking lot, the directions here will just strand you on 1.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike! It gets steep at one point which makes going down a little difficult but just take your time and use small steps and your hands for support.

3 months ago

great hike. love the ease of the area. some areas are more moderate but still beautiful. love all the wild life.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful spot. There is an old rock quarry in the area that has been decommissioned. I have seen many mountain bikers in the area. All in all, a great place to watch wildlife whether that be in the ocean or along the coastal bluffs. Wildflowers are blooming now too.

hiking
3 months ago

Do wear your hiking shoes. Most of the trail is loose and dry gravel soil with a few very steep sections. Not recommended during or after a rain. Lots of small branching trails and some are completely encroached by surrounding vegetation making it easy to get lost, but because it's open land, you'll eventually find your way back to the trail.

3 months ago

Amazing views of the pacific. A bit close to the highway but a great way to unwind after work.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view.

3 months ago

Very nice view, not so difficult even for casual hiker, but prepare a good hiking shoes for small rocks along the trail, and don’t go in a windy day.

hiking
3 months ago

this loop is not an easy one- I would rate this as medium difficulty because the trail leads near the cliffs where it's very steep and unstable. once you get past the cliff area and pass Mori Point, it gets easier from there. overall great views and very windy!!

3 months ago

nice view but be prepared for the super strong wind

hiking
4 months ago

Cute, simple hike. Beautiful views! Dog-friendly. I saw a lot of dogs without leashes, but I ALSO saw a garden snake, soooo... I think leashes would be smart if your dog isn't that trained or obedient lol. There was a bunch of ladybugs and dragonflies too! Overall, a fun small hike.

hiking
4 months ago

The first one. Nice view.

5 months ago

Très jolie balade à 30 min de San Francisco. Dommage d’avoir à longer la route en fin de promenade.

hiking
5 months ago

My favorite evening/sunset trail. There's a lot of steep, rocky areas to scramble up so I wouldn't recommend this trail if it rained recently. Beautiful views and not too heavily trafficked (although it's usually empty around sunset).

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. Easy to moderate areas. Really small parking lot, but other lot near the hotel and beach. Lots of tall grassy areas so watch out for ticks. When we got home, I found a tick on me and in my dog's armpit.

walking
5 months ago

Very easy hike w amazing coastal views

hiking
5 months ago

Part of the loop trail is right next to the road where cars zooming by, which makes the last 5 minutes of our hike unpleasant. Otherwise, good view, nice combination of terrain, and perfect distance for a quick hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy to moderate hike with great views. Various steep hill paths that can make this more challenging.

8 months ago

I wouldn't call this a trail. More like a climb on a cliff among slippery rocks. nice views but not at all a hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Fun! User/Unmarked trails make it a harder hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Just did the loop a long timw ago...

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great place to be romantic with your sweetie..:)

10 months ago

easy hike, can get windy and brisk

hiking
11 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. I've been wanting some ocean views and this delivered. The trail is very busy, lots of dog walkers and couples. This didn't distract though, the views are top notch. It's mostly fire road and dirt trails. Some areas are not maintained but there are clear trails to follow though. For places with steep inclines there is often a side route that's easier. You can take the hard way or wind around. Definitely recommended as an easy/moderate trail because you can customize the experience. I went at 11 on a Saturday and had no problems parking. I parked on a side street near the golf course. It was late October so it was chilly near the ocean, then warmed up as my body got going up the inclines. Layer and bring sunscreen because there is very little cover.

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