Mori Point Trail

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Mori Point Trail is a 4.1 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.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
583 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Short coastal bluff hike with outstanding views and wildflowers. 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.

hiking
13 days ago

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

13 days 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
22 days ago

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

hiking
23 days ago

Just did the loop a long timw ago...

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

easy hike, can get windy and brisk

hiking
4 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.

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful place for a day-long getaway. Parking is a challenge. I started the hike from the Pier where the restrooms are located and one can also buy a snack, coffee, or water from the Chit Chat Cafe.

5 months ago

Easy to locate. I found parking around 10am at Rockaway Beach, although the lot was getting full quickly. Part of the trail along the coast is steep and narrow-would rate as moderate vs. easy. Wear shoes with good grip! Brought my dog and boyfriend, tired them both out! We will be back again!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice but very steep at some points- great views throughout the whole hike

6 months ago

Easy hike dog friendly.

hiking
6 months ago

Scenic views all around. If you don't like the Pacific Ocean don't go!

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty quick and easy hike wit great views and an option to hike down to the sea wall. You can also see the Sharp Park golf course and at the sea wall can see players on the #12 green and #13 tee box.

hiking
7 months ago

I would think this trail is more moderate than easy. There are some very steep ups and downs. Regardless, it had gorgeous views! Definitely had a fun time and enjoyed the stark differences between coastal and inland desert plant life.

7 months ago

Great views on this hike! I definitely didn't feel this was just an easy level hike with the amount of steep inclines and washed out trails. There are several different routes which do make it easy.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

It's an easy trail with spectacular views. We were lucky to see a whale from Mori Point.

7 months ago

We did a small portion of this route a couple weeks ago with small kids and it was good, not knock your socks off, but good. We ran up the hilly side paths and enjoyed the view from Mori Point. The bootlegger steps were a hit with our seven year old for the hint of stories behind them if nothing else. The flat walk back to the parking lot had interesting info displays. The one restroom had a line. After the hike we grabbed tacos and ice cream across the road and down a block or so. I'd like to try doing a fuller version of this hike next time.

8 months ago

Great little trail for my 3 yr old daughter and me!

8 months ago

Saw a bunch of whales (probably humpback whales) off sharp park beach. Really need sturdy and slip-resistant hiking shoes for the bluff trail part.

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