Restoring Pedro Point Headlands
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.
- Go Native, a local habitat restoration company, has completed Phase I of construction. New switchbacks and other areas on the South Ridge Trail were roughed out, 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. Contouring was refined and erosion control fabric and wattles installed to ensure that all construction areas are safeguarded from erosion. Phase II of the construction will begin in the summer or early fall of 2017.
- The on-site native plant nursery is up and running. The shade structure is in place, tables and pallets are installed, and the plants are thriving. Approximately 5,000 plants have been propagated and salvaged and are awaiting out-planting. An additional 2,000 plants have been donated.
- For hikers, all the trails remain open. A kiosk has been installed at the trail head of the South Ridge Trail. Please refer to the kiosk for updates on the project.
- The hillside in the picture here is a restored meadow where we are concentrating on plants used by butterflies and their caterpillars. Invasive broom, pampas grass and cottoneaster were removed, and lupins, buckwheat, yarrow, etc. have been planted.
- New 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 collected fallen debris from the Devils Slide Trail bluffs, cleared the storm drains, and stockpiled 350 cubic yards of fill at PPH for use next year. The large amount of available fill will permit elimination of gullies and reduction of steep trail grades without having to disturb as much native vegetation as anticipated.
- The Pacifica Land Trust received a Measure A grant from San Mateo County. Learn More.
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- 75 Percent Restoration Plan
- 75 Percent Trail Improvement Plan.
- Final PPH IS-MND.
- Summary of 9-10 Public Meeting
- PPH Draft Geologic Evaluation
- PPH Draft Biological Resources Assessment
- PPH Draft Cultural Resources Report
- Press Release: Public Meeting Pedro Point Headlands Restoration & Trails Project
- Press Release: San Mateo County Measure A Grant to Restore Lands and Build Trails at Pedro Point Headlands
- Fact Sheet