Pedro Point Headlands Restoration & Stewardship

Located between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, Pedro Point Headlands offers a spectacular 255-acre landscape, three miles of trails and stunning views. At the same time, the Headlands suffers from persistent erosion, caused by past off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. Sediment runs into San Pedro Creek, harming fish, frogs and other wildlife.

The Pacifica Land Trust has begun the process of restoring the beauty and health of the Pedro Point Headlands. Together with the community and partner organizations we are working to heal this unique coastal ecosystem and improve the trails.

Recent progress:

  • TankNew water tanks have been installed. Water will be used to control dust, compact new trail, and irrigate native plants in the on-site nursery.
  • Go Native, a local habitat restoration company, has been busy this fall. They have roughed out new switchbacks and other areas on the South Ridge Trail. The Bluff Trail between the South Ridge Trail and the head of the Arroyo Trail has been improved and the trail accessing the Middle Ridge Trail from the South has also been constructed.
  • Next steps will be to refine contouring, install erosion control fabric and wattles, and ensure that all construction areas are safeguarded from erosion before the end of the 2016 construction season. With rains expected, the 2016 construction season will be wrapping up soon.
  • A kiosk has been installed at the trail head of the South Ridge Trail. Please refer to the kiosk for updates on the project and please use caution around machinery.
  • Volunteers in the stewardship program meet monthly to care for the land. Volunteers grow and plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers – and provide a variety of crucial help. Learn more.
  • The Pacifica Land Trust received a Measure A grant from San Mateo County.  Learn More. 


If you enjoy the Headlands, please consider a tax-deductible donation to PLT.


  • August 14
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 30
  • November 27 "Escape to the Headlands"
  • More opportunities available for volunteers interested in working at the nursery.  Email


Get Involved

  • The Pacifica Planning Commission hearing on our Coastal Development Permit is scheduled for Oct. 17, 2016.
  • On October 23rd 1-4:30 we are holding a Volunteer Appreciation Hike (see Events for details).
  • Attend an upcoming volunteer work day.
  • Interested in helping out at the native plant nursery?  Email

Get Involved

The trails, plants and animals of the Pedro Point Headlands need your help! Join the volunteer stewardship program.

Discover Native Plants and Animals

The Pedro Point Headlands is home to a rare mix of native plants and animals, such as Bewick’s wren, San Francisco wallflower, and Michael’s rein orchid. Learn more.

Project Partners