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.
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!
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