Promenade to Old Mori Road is a 2.8 mile out and back trail located near Pacifica, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=138) If you are a Bay Area fisher, you probably already know about Pacifica Municipal Pier, a 1,140-foot open-ocean pier (41-inch railings). In season, people catch king salmon, surf perch, striped bass, and halibut. You can go out on the pier even if you don't fish. On the lawn near the pier are picnic tables and grills. A wide, paved promenade runs along the waterfront. North of the pier you can travel only a few blocks before the promenade ends, but the route is right at the ocean's edge, with waves crashing on rocks just below you in places. It can be a very dramatic—and wet—spot when the surf is high. Traveling south from the pier, you can extend your hike along a levee trail between Sharp Park Golf Course and the beach, then travel through wetlands on an elevated boardwalk. ACCESSIBILITY: Two handicapped-accessible spots are near the foot of the pier and two are at the end of Beach Blvd (that have a firm surface and 2% or less of cross slope). The wheelchair-accessible restroom at the pier has a very tight turn at the entry. An accessible vault toilet is at the Bradford Way trailhead. Only one of the several picnic tables along the paved promenade is reachable via a concrete pathway; the rest are surrounded by grass. The route described here is a combination of pavement, boardwalk, and hard-packed dirt and gravel. Some sections may be sandy, while others may be muddy and rutted, with pools of standing water. For a smoother ride I suggest you just take the Old Mori Road Trail and bypass the rough levee trail that runs between the beach and Sharp Park Golf Course. From the pier, head south on the paved promenade that travels along Beach Boulevard for a few blocks, to Clarendon Road. From there, if you can manage a short but steep and sometimes sandy slope, you can access a hard-packed dirt and rock levee trail and continue south for another .5 miles to the end of the beach at Mori Point. The promenade can be a difficult ride because of windblown sand, standing rainwater, and bird droppings. The levee trail runs between the beach and Sharp Park Golf Course. As you approach the point you will see Bootlegger Steps heading straight up the bluff. Before you reach them, the berm trail branches and one trail continues to the right, toward the stairs, while the left-hand trail (Old Mori Road) curves eastward. If you’re really adventurous, consider making a side trip along the stretch of Coastal Trail that takes off immediately past the trail to Bootlegger Steps, also on the right. It climbs steeply for a few hundred yards to the blufftop, where the ocean views are spectacular. Assistance may be needed for returning down the hill, as it can be slippery. Back on Old Mori Road trail, continue to an elevated wooden boardwalk that travels through wetlands south of Laguna Salada, the lake inside the golf course grounds. The wetlands provide habitat for the endangered red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. Wood benches and interpretive signs are here and there along the boardwalk. Past the wetlands, the boardwalk ends and a broad, hard-packed dirt and gravel trail continues along the old roadway. A tall wood fence fronts the northern side of the trail, blocking it from the houses along the route. The level path travels through trees and past a marshy creek; standing water and mud can be a problem here during the rainy season. The trail ends at Bradford Way and Mori Point Road, but if you want to extend your hike, you can follow Mori Point Road to the right (you must travel in the roadway a short distance, but traffic is typically light and slow-moving) to connect to the Pacifica Coastal Trail, which travels south along Highway One through the Calera Creek wetlands and on to Rockaway Beach and Pacifica State Beach (about three miles). The entire stretch from Sharp Park to Pacifica State Beach is about seven miles one way.

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Reetika R
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Joshua Picazo
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Charlotte P
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Kai Xu
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Catherine Sullivan
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Beautiful and easy!

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Sean Yeem
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Ralph Lim
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Krishna Bharathala
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promenade a little more crowded than cliffs, some small stairs but relatively low grade incline

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r m
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Flat, enjoyable stroll. Heavily trafficked, parking can be difficult.

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Suzanne R
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Peaceful, easy, flat walk along the beach. The north-south stretch is right on the water, so views are beautiful even in heavy fog. On a weeknight, trail was busy enough to feel safe but not so busy as to interfere with the experience. Plenty of parking at the trailhead.

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Ryan Chen
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Liz Donnelly
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Mit Maurille
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Nice and easy. Try parking on Bradford street near the Moose Lodge. Wonderful views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Before turning right on Promenade , take a left up Bootleggers Steps to take in the view from Mori Point.

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Marna Francisco
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Maggie Del Grande
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Not easy to park/ no real parking lot just street parking. Great hike though! Cute walk right next to a more secluded beach

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tejal kharde
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Trail with lots of wildflowers and ocean views, kid friendly. Many trails to explore and choose from....

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Monique B Araujo
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MOST beautiful views! Poor signage & good bit of incline

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Robby Allen
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Back half is very steep and rugged, otherwise beautiful cliffs and view

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Haley Gutierrez
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Awesome for participants.

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Alex Jessup
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Dylan Conroy
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Katherine Bello
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Great for everyone and dogs!

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Jesus Magana
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Easy trail, good for all, dog friendly, on clear evening great for enjoying sunset

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Patty Mok
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Dog-friendly, likely to be mostly foggy but you’re in luck if the sun peeks through. Stunning views at the top and you can keep going! Worthwhile.

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Alyssa Ramirez
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Tony Paternite
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Pleasant stroll along the shore.

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Ameera Ibrahim
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