Devils Slide Trail
(between Pacifica & Montara, CA)
Devil’s Slide Trail, which opened in 2014 and is now part of the California Coastal trail, provides easy access to world-class views of the rugged Pacific Coastline. See map and the related links below for more information.
Pedestrians, bicycles, leashed dogs, and equestrians are allowed on this new, big, beautiful, 1.3 mile long (each way), multi-use paved trail built over the treacherous old Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide. A trailhead can be found at each end of the new Devil’s Slide Bypass Tunnel (aka the Tom Lantos Tunnel which opened in 2013 and is 4200′ long, the 2d-longest in California).
Some of the most interesting aspects are the very steep hillsides which hide a variety of birds, the ocean views which even include whales in season, and the geology which shows the striations of crushed rock pushed upwards and twisted almost vertical by fault line forces.
The trail is definitely worth checking out at least once. It will probably become a world-class attraction once more tourists hear about it.
Expect parking problems especially weekends since the county forecasts 80,000 visitors/year (225/average day) even though there are only two small parking lots (24 spaces near the southern trailhead and 18 spaces near the northern entrance). Arrive early (but after 8 am) to increase your chances. Or there is a free weekend shuttle ride schedule from Pacifica (see below) which may help a little.
- Devil’s Slide Trail Map – See detail at bottom right.
- Trail Brochure, Directions & Hours – Parking lots open at 8 am.
- City of Pacifica free weekend parking shuttle schedule (see free weekend shuttle on right hand side)
- Interactive map & directions to the 8,900 acre Devils Slide Coast Public Lands area between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica
- Check out great trails nearby: the 7-10 mile round trip Montara Mountain Hike discussion & pictures and the 2-mile round trip Grey Whale Cove Trail
- Also see Half Moon Bay coastal trails and map for HiddenSF’s best things for locals to do along the Half Moon Bay Coast line
- hiddenSF links, google, yelp
- Maps of Montara Area and Pacifica Area
- Maps of best hiddenSF things to do
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