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Devil's Slide

Devil’s Slide Trail was once a treacherous stretch of Highway 1 (just north of Pacifica) that was frequently closed due to landsides. Now it's been transformed into an exhilarating 1.3-mile multiuse trail. Perched several hundred feet high on the bluffs, the trail provides spectacular views on a clear day. Even when this part of the coast is blanketed...
Devil’s Slide Trail was once a treacherous stretch of Highway 1 (just north of Pacifica) that was frequently closed due to landsides. Now it's been transformed into an exhilarating 1.3-mile multiuse trail. Perched several hundred feet high on the bluffs, the trail provides spectacular views on a clear day. Even when this part of the coast is blanketed in fog—which it often is—the trail has a peaceful ambience that makes an outing here worthwhile. Layered clothing is a must year-round.

Repurposing the abandoned road into a trail (the road was rerouted inland through a new tunnel) required collaboration between many government agencies and organizations, and took years to be approved. The stretch is the newest segment of the Coastal Trail, which when finished will extend 1,200 miles from Oregon to Mexico. Amenities include restrooms, parking, water, benches, a few lookouts (no lowered viewing scope), and interpretive panels describing the area's history, the native people who lived in the area, the geology, and flora and fauna.

Trail/Pathway Details

Devil's Slide

Trailhead: Immediately north and south of the Tom Lantos tunnel, south of Pacifica on Hwy. 1

Length: 2-4 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Typical Grade: Very Steep

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.

Terrain: Hard

Description

Part of the wow factor of the Devil’s Slide Trail is how close you are to the ocean; this is a rare opportunity on the Northern California coast for people in wheelchairs. With steep cliffs ascending on the inland side and descending to the ocean on the other, much of the time I had the sensation of being...
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Accessibility Details

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

Two parking areas serve the trail; 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; I recommend riding the free shuttle from Pacifica: Sat.-Sun., 9 am-4 pm.
At both trailheads
Heading north on trail
Heading north on trail (Eileen Ecklund)

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Additional Information

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Website: parks.smcgov.org
Managing Agency: San Mateo County Parks
Nearest City: Pacifica
Phone: (650) 363-4020
Hours: 8 am-8 pm
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: SamTrans, Devil's Slide bus schedule
Useful Links: Devil’s Slide Coast, San Mateo Parks
Reviewed on April 13, 2014
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