San Francisco: Family hike on Devil’s Slide Trail

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Devil’s Slide Trail is located between Pacifica and Montana.

 

Did you know you can walk on a portion of California’s famous Highway 1?

It’s true! Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile stretch of road converted from a  decommissioned segment of Highway 1. It gives unprecedented access to the rocky heights above the Pacific Ocean, and more importantly, the views!

I’ve wanted to try out the trail since it opened in 2014, and finally made it on this trip to California.

The trail is very gentle and perfect for kids. It’s paved with separate lanes for walkers and bikes. There’s limited parking, toilets (though a bit primitive), pet waste stations, bike racks, and drinking fountains.

It took us about an hour to walk the trail and back. I suggest parking in the southern car park and walking northbound (uphill) so you end the trail walking downhill. But that’s just my preference.

There’s very limited parking off Highway 1 on either side of the Tom Lantos Tunnels. The south lot is accessible from both north and southbound Highway 1, but the north lot is only accessible from southbound Highway 1. On weekends try public transportation as lots fill quickly.

Download the trail brochure

After the hike we drove down to Half Moon Bay and had lunch alfresco at The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Barbara’s Fishtrap is also a good option. Another good place to eat is Moss Beach Distillery, a historic eatery where you can hangout on the cliff outside with ghosts and blankets!

devils slide view

Devils Slide Trail gives unprecedented access to the rocky heights above the Pacific Ocean, and more importantly, the sweeping views!

reestablish a colony of murres on a small seastack called Devil's Slide Rock, located along the San Mateo coast near Pacifica. This breeding colony held close to 3,000 murres as recently as the early 1980s,

They are re-establishing a colony of murres on a small formation called Devil’s Slide Rock. The breeding colony once held close to 3,000 murres in the 1980s.

Enjoying the view!

The Modern Kids enjoying the view!

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My 12-year-old thought this would be a cool pic. The orange poppy is the state flower, and you can see them all along the coast.

 

devils slide - kids walking

The 1.3 mile trail is paved and super easy to walk, with gentle inclines. It’s perfect for kids.

The trail has pockets of wild flowers dotted across the cliffs. It's truly stunning.

The trail has pockets of wild flowers dotted across the cliffs. It’s truly stunning.

After our hike, we drove a few minutes to Half Moon Bay and stopped at the Mavericks Surf Shop.

After our hike, we drove a few minutes to Half Moon Bay and stopped at the Mavericks Surf Company.

We bought a skim board for $28 to try out on the beach.

We bought a skim board for $28 and tried it out on the beach.

There are several places to eat, including Barbara's Fish

There are several places to eat, including Barbara’s Fishtrap.

 

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Pin it for later!

IF YOU GO:
 

Devils Slide, California 94044 (located off of Highway 1 between Pacifica and Montana.) Visit the Devils Slide website.

Moss Beach Distillery 140 Beach Way, Moss Beach, CA 94038 +1 (650) 728-5595 mossbeachdistillery.com Historic ocean view dining. Dog friendly, and you can sit outside with blankets.

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company 390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 +1 (650) 728-2739 hmbbrewingco.com Brewpub overlooking the bay.

Barbara’s Fishtrap 281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 +1 (650) 728-7049 barbarasfishtrap.com No frill fish overlooking Half Moon Bay

Mavericks Surf Company 25 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 +1 (650) 560-8088 jeffclarkmavericks.com Authentic surf shop run

 
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7 Responses to San Francisco: Family hike on Devil’s Slide Trail

  1. April Yap 02/03/2017 at 22:06 #

    Nice Post Susanna! This is one of my most favorite trail! Been there with my husband and kids and they really loved it! The scene is very beautiful with the spectacular mountain dropping into the ocean also you will get to enjoy the ocean views of Northern California. It’s a must visit destination for everyone.

  2. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) 15/04/2016 at 18:19 #

    I had no idea this existed – what a great hike to do (especially with children). The views are incredible…I’d also be constantly stopping to take photos! Thanks for linking to #citytripping

  3. Ruth 15/04/2016 at 04:18 #

    I haven’t had the opportunity to visit this part of CA-1. I am visiting in pieces. I have made it to Santa Cruz (in different trips, exploring little by little). My next leg has to be from Santa Cruz to San Francisco and then north of San Francisco. Hope I can walk this path one day. The view are great!

  4. Cathy (MummyTravels) 13/04/2016 at 09:11 #

    This is wonderful – I had no idea you could go this. I’m hopefully going to be in California later this year so this is going on the list! Thanks for joining up with #citytripping
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  5. dralindchecker 09/04/2016 at 12:05 #

    Amazing pictures.Its a perfect destination for holiday.

  6. Emma Raphael 07/04/2016 at 09:49 #

    That looks so beautiful. What a fantastic place for a walk. My family would despair of me though as I would be constantly stopping to take pictures! 😀

    • Susanna 07/04/2016 at 13:15 #

      It’s the perfect place to take pics! x

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