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Best trails in Pacifica

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Looking for a great trail near Pacifica, California? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or San Bruno Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like McNee Ranch or Huddart Park. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Pacifica ranging from 2.2 to 6.7 miles and from 16 to 1,889 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Pacifica
Top trails (28)
#1 - Mori Point Loop Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
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. 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. 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.Show more
#2 - Montara Mountain Trail
San Pedro Valley County Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 45 m
Note: As of September 2020, the first part of this route (Brook Falls Loop) is a one-way trail due to COVID-19 restrictions. The map on this page has the loop drawn in the appropriate direction. This trail will be closed September 8th - 11th, 14th - 18th, and the 21st for habitat restoration. Please check here for updates and more information: https://parks.smcgov.org/press-release/trail-closures-san-pedro-valley-park This route offers incredible views of the Pacifica/Montara area. There is a small parking area at the trailhead, with a $6 fee to park.Show more
#3 - Sweeney Ridge Trail via Mori Ridge
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
This hike connects to the Sweeny Ridge which offers excellent views of the Pacific Ocean. This area can often have lots of coastal fog, be prepared for all situations. The Mori Ridge trail climbs steadily up through over 1,000 feet of height - some of which is steep enough to make a regular walking gait difficult, and only the most kamikaze trail runner would attempt. This trail is a perfect choice for an out-and-back trail, if you're planning to head back as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean, and the unencumbered views are nothing short of stunning.Show more
#4 - 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
#5 - 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, handicapped-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 percent 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
#6 - Hazelnut Trail and Weiler Ranch Loop
San Pedro Valley County Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Note: As of September 2020, this route can only be done counter-clockwise due to COVID-19 restrictions. This route offers great views. The trail has multiple switchbacks and can be steep in sections. There is a $6 parking fee at the trailhead. Show more
#7 - Brooks Falls Loop
San Pedro Valley County Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Note: As of September 2020, this trail is one-way due to COVID-19 restrictions. You can only hike it counter-clockwise. This trail will be closed September 8th - 11th, 14th - 18th, and the 21st for habitat restoration. Please check here for updates and more information: https://parks.smcgov.org/press-release/trail-closures-san-pedro-valley-park This route offers beautiful views of the Linda Mar area, and enough incline to get your heart pumping. If going counter-clockwise, near the end you'll find a turn off to Brook Falls. Please note that sometimes during drier months the waterfall does not flow. The route on this page forms a loop with the Montara Mountain Trail.Show more
#8 - Mori Point Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Walk along the beautiful Pacifica beach and if you are feeling adventures venture up the Coastal trail towards Sweeny Ridge for even better coastal views.Show more
#9 - Alta Vista and Montara Mountain Loop
McNee Ranch
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
The best way to approach this trail is to park at Montara State Beach or the McNee Ranch Gate off of Highway 1. It starts off on a dirt road (Old San Pedro Mountain Road), then crosses a bridge and heads through a ranch. After about 0.5 miles, you turn left and head straight up a steep hill towards the mountain. This leads to a little flat area where a mess of rutted dirt roads descend into the trees. Stay generally right/south and look for a steep trail which leads off to the left after a tenth of a mile or so. You are aiming for the water tanks up on Alta Vista Rd. Once there, head left on the road which ends and turns into a good singletrack trail at the Rancho Corral de Tierra sign. This is the start of the Alta Vista Trail. This trail is about 1.5 miles to the top of the peak on steep (up to 40%) grades. The trail wastes no time starting the climb; the first really steep section is about 0.4 miles in, but your way is made a little easier by a series of short switchbacks. Continue climbing, and you'll reach the next very steep section about a mile into the trail. After reaching the top, there is a very short descent to the junction with North Peak Access Road Trail. The trail surface is generally good and is mostly dirt but can be rocky at times. There are many new steps in places which help with the steepness. There are amazing views of the mountains and ocean and you can even see San Francisco from the top.Show more
#10 - San Pedro Mountain Loop via Old San Pedro Road, Burnside, the Mile, and Boyscout
McNee Ranch
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
This trail area is maintained by volunteers. There are no trail signs or markings. Please be aware of what trail you plan on taking a head of time.Show more
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