Enjoy the Pedro Point Headlands
The Pedro Point Headlands is open to the public to enjoy. You can walk, run, watch the birds and, of course, savor the spectacular views. Mountain bikes and equestrians are currently not permitted on the existing trails due to the steep slopes, narrow trails and fragile ecosystems.
We expect to begin construction in late August on restoration of the trails. Please refer to the Kiosk at the South Ridge trail head for updates on trail closures during construction.
Trail Information and Map
Parking is very limited in front of the green gate or across the highway in the pullout.
The parking lot on the north side of the tunnel, serving Devil’s Slide County Park is open. There are about a dozen spaces. A trail from the parking lot goes up into the headlands near the western bus stop.
Future Trails and Improvements
The multi-year project will improve the trails, wildlife habitat and natural beauty. The new trails will provide access to the same spectacular vistas. Excessively steep areas will be converted to safer switchbacks or abandoned to increase accessibility and improve erosion control.
The future California Coastal Trail will traverse the south and east edges of the Pedro Point Headlands and will be a multi-use trail, serving bicycles, horses and people on foot.
Pedro Point Headlands Frequently Asked Questions
Are the Pedro Point Headlands open to the public?
Yes! Please come and bring friends and family. There is a nice trail network with signage so you know where you are going. Each of the three ridges on the Headlands ends overlooking the Ocean, Devil’s Slide and Pedro Rock.
Are there toilets?
Toilets are not available on the Headlands, but the Devil’s Slide trail has facilities near the Highway 1 entrance.
How do I access the Pedro Point Headlands?
Currently the access is from Highway 1 near the green gate north from the northern-most Devil’s Slide parking lot where there is now a social trail into the headlands. Please don’t block the green gate with your car! Volunteer stewards, contractors and scientists need ready access through the gate.
How do I get from the Pedro Point Headlands to Pacifica on foot?
There is no good way for pedestrians to walk to Pacifica at this time. There is a Devil’s Slide shuttle that runs hourly on weekends. The future California Coastal Trail will provide hikers safe access to the Pedro Point Headlands from Pacifica.
What can I see at the Pedro Point Headlands?
Stupendous ocean views! Pristine coastal prairie, flocks of birds and more.
Gray whales migrate north in the spring, south in the fall. Wildflowers light up the coast in spring.
What native plants might I see?
There are hundreds of native plants including these top six: Coyote Bush, California Sage, Ceonothus, Sticky Monkeyflower, Lizard Tail and Coffeeberry. If you’re lucky, you might see the rare coastal rock cress, San Francisco wallflower or one of the tiny orchids that bloom in late summer.