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Pedro Point Headlands, Pacifica

Secret little coastal hike with unparalleled views of the San Francisco peninsula shoreline.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  An area of outstanding coastline and natural habitat of several endangered species, the Pedro Point Headlands tower above Linda Mar... more »

Tips:  • If you enjoy this area and are interested in restoring it to its former glory, consider volunteering for the Pedro Point Headland... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Signage for this trailhead is non-existant, but there's no mistaking the dark green gate located on the northbound side of Route 1.

There's limited parking available directly next to the gate, but the road surface here is uneven so exercise caution. Alternatively it may be possible to park a little further up the road by the new Devil's Slide... More

2. [JCT] Arroyo Trail

Keep left at this junction, heading uphill past a clearing and follow the ridge-line trail towards the ocean.

The trail runs parallel to the road with occasional views of the new Devils Slide tunnel, ascending around 150ft to a peak, before dropping back down to the coastal bluffs and great views of Pedro Point and the sheer cliff faces.

3. [JCT] Arroyo/Bluff Trail

Hike along the coastal bluff trail, stopping on occasion to admire the views of the Pacific Ocean and the jagged rocks of Pedro Point.

4. [JCT] Private Road

Here the narrow Arroyo Trail meets up with the wider fire trail under cover of eucalyptus forest. Avoid the northern fork which leads to a private road and instead head southbound, back towards the trailhead.

5. [JCT] Middle Ridge Trail

Follow the coastal route uphill and head to the Pedro Point overlook.

6. Pedro Point Overlook

From up here, 600 feet above the waves, the views to the North stretch on forever.

Immediately beneath you is the private bay known as Shelter Cove. Here the run-down private residences revel in their seclusion - since the only road was washed out back in 1983, their only access to the rest of the world has been either by boat, or a single... More

7. [JCT] Arroyo Trail/Middle Ridge

8. [JCT] Continue on Middle Ridge Trail