Restoring Pedro Point Headlands

Volunteers at workFor decades, Pedro Point Headlands was the site of unrestricted off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, leaving bare scars and gullies. These created erosion into San Pedro Creek, impacting threatened steelhead and California red-legged frogs. It also resulted in landslides, which threatened to flow onto Highway 1 and the future California Coastal Trail area. While many scars have healed, some persist and continue to erode.

The Pacifica Land Trust is rallying the community to restore the beauty and health of the Pedro Point Headlands. Together with the community and our partners, we can restore this unique coastal ecosystem and improve the trails.

Restoration Goals

  • Properly fill and eliminate existing gullies and past OHV damage;
  • Re-establish the natural topography and drainage in the highly eroded coastal bluff areas;
  • Restore disturbed trails and gullies to Coastal Prairie and Coastal Scrub vegetation;
  • With the help of volunteer stewards, propagate and salvage native plants; and
  • Incorporate a trail design and construction plan to build safe, sustainable pedestrian trails.


As part of the Point Pedro Headlands restoration project, the existing footpaths will be replaced with safer, more sustainable pedestrian trails. When the California Coastal Trail is completed, it will allow hikers and nature lovers to connect to the trails at the headlands.


  • Go Native, a local habitat restoration company, has kicked off the 2017 Pedro Point Headlands Restoration and Trail Improvement Project summer construction season. Before the rains hit, contouring was refined and erosion control fabric and wattles were installed to ensure that all construction areas would be safeguarded from erosion. The new trails did well after the winter rains. 
  • 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.PPH Kids
  • Volunteers in the stewardship program meet monthly to care for the land. Local organizations and schools are helping out at the headlands. Volunteers grow and plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers – and provide a variety of crucial help. Learn more.
  • To ensure that the headlands is resistant to the expected changes from climate change, a high-diversity of species will be planted to enhance resilience.


The California State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Division awarded the PLT a $1,137,274 grant for Point Pedro Headlands Restoration. As a condition of its approval, joint land-owner California Coastal Conservancy required replacement of the existing footpaths with safer, more sustainable pedestrian trails, and contributed $12,000 toward trail design. In addition, $350,000 in San Mateo County Measure A funds have been approved for re-vegetation and trail construction. In the near future, these internal trails will be connected to the soon-to-be-built California Coastal Trail, which will skirt the southern and eastern edges of Point Pedro Headlands.


Partners are crucial to restoring the Headlands. The project is managed by the Pacifica Land Trust and funded by the California State Parks OHV Recreation Division and California Coastal Conservancy. State and local agencies and stakeholders include:


For questions or comments about the Pedro Point Headland restoration project, or to receive project updates via email, please contact Kathy Kellerman, Pacifica Land Trust Board member, at

Project Partners

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