Pedro Point Headlands Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pacifica, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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!

1 month ago

Great length of hike and definitely I’d rate this as moderate l. Steep dusty uphills are rewarded with nice downhills in intervals. The views along the way are absolutely worth the sweat! Bring a jacket if it’s foggy because on the way back you’ll need it in the areas with all the trees! We’ll do this one again for sure.

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2 months ago

A terrific little hike! Far more steep than I was expecting (this was hike #2 of the day!), but gorgeous views and enough variety of terrain to make it interesting. I recommend some shoes with very good grip, as portions of this dirt trail can get a little slippery. I was going at a pretty good clip and it took about 90 minutes. If you're looking for something a little longer, I'd recommend combining with the Devil's Slide trail which is right next door. I popped over to that trail briefly and saw whales surfacing!

2 months ago

This is such a gorgeous trail - right along the ocean and very few people! 20 minutes from the city

4 months ago

Great hike. Easy to follow, not many people, well kept trail. Very eerie while it’s foggy which is pretty cool - makes you feel like you’re in the clouds.

4 months ago

First time trail running and this trail was perfect!

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4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! We had the trail all to ourselves from beginning to end! The efforts are well worth the views and as a beginning hiker, it was a perfect challenge to start kicking it up a notch.

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail and views! Very steep in some sections. There’s a sign just up the trail a bit which has a map showing a simple trail system, but it seemed there was only one “official” trail. Maybe that’s part of the trail restoration happening. I went later in the day and was the only person out there.

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5 months ago

Such a beautiful hike. It’s has some good hills so be ready for that. But it is worth it!

6 months ago

Most picturesque trail I've ever been in the Bay Area!

8 months ago

Beautiful trail with wonderful views. The beginning is a bit difficult but the rest is easy. We didn’t get to finish it so we will be back. Parking is limited so make sure to go early.

8 months ago

About 10 parking spots. Cars lined up to get one on a sunny Sunday.

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9 months ago

Fantastic hike with incredible coastal views

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10 months ago

Nice trail close to HMB. Just enough of a climb to keep the heart rate up.

10 months ago

I recommend going clockwise. The first section of the trail is being refinished. Some switchbacks and steeper sections, but overall nice mix of up-and-down to keep it interesting.

10 months ago

Truly one of the prettiest trails . I consider moderate to hard for being such a short trail. Cannot beat the views up there. The trails are nicely maintained and manicured . The Middle Ridge down to Arroyo is no longer- just dead ends and turn back.

11 months ago

Beautiful views, brought my dog and enjoyed the day.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Great view at the top! Worth the uphill climb.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cool hike. Pretty difficult though. I wouldn't recommend to bring big size dogs. It's hard to control them on steep hills.

Friday, September 08, 2017

we actually had trouble figuring out the small parking area pull off for this, so we parked near devil's slide and added that along...the parking area is right before you go into the tunnel coming from north, and this trail was very nice! We saw whales!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Pretty easy hike with a fabulous payoff of stunning views at the end.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is a great short hike. It's about an 1.5 hrs at regular pace. It's mostly tranquil and beautiful. Lots of natural flowers and if it's clear, the view is amazing. It's does provide for some strenuous activities to get you sweating. Very nice hike.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It's somewhat of a steep trail going up, but very manageable during spring/fall, however, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have walking sticks too. Gorgeous views of the ocean and forest (tree views on the way back.)

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Friday, April 21, 2017

One of the best short hikes I've ever been on. There are a few parking spots right before the tunnel. Trail was fairly muddy but that wasn't a big deal. Very low traffic. I saw maybe 5-6 people total the 2 hours I spent there. Amazing view of the coast at the top. Definitely would recommend.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Amazing view. Might be tough for some people.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Great hike with amazing views up top. The north part of the loop was fairly muddy and had down trees because of the recent storms.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Really hard to find but had the entire place to ourselves and didn't get a ticket. Really beautiful and enjoyable.

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1 month ago

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