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Pacifica Municipal Pier and Mori Point

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,...
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.

Trail/Pathway Details

Sharp Park Promenade to Old Mori Road

Trailhead: Beach Blvd.and Santa Rosa Ave.

Length: Over 4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

Terrain: Firm

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.

Description

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...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Two accessible spots are near the foot of the pier and two are at the end of Beach Blvd. At the Bradford Way and Fairway Drive trailheads, parking is on-street only, with no designated accessible spots. The best accessible restroom is at the pier, but there is a very tight turn at the entry and the sinks are only 28" high. An accessible Porta-Potty 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.
Looking south along Sharp Park Promenade
Looking south along Sharp Park Promenade (Eileen Ecklund)

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  • bicycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Website: www.cityofpacifica.org
www.nps.gov/goga
Managing Agency: Pier/Sharp Park Beach: City of Pacifica; Mori Point: Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Address: Beach Blvd. and Montecito Ave
Nearest City: Pacifica
Phone: (650) 738-3760; Mori Point: (415) 561-4323
Hours: Trails: Always open. Pier: Daily, 4 am-10 pm, except when surf is high.
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: SamTrans
Useful Links: Parks Conservancy
Reviewed by Eileen Ecklund, August 23, 2012
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