Pedro Point Headlands features 246 acres of dog-friendly wildlands between Pacifica and Devil's Slide. It is bounded on the east and south by the Coast Highway, which climbs to over 400 feet at the Devil's Slide parking lot. From the east side, the hills slope up from Eucalyptus forest to coastal prairie near the top of the bluffs. The west side consists of steep bluffs that drop 5-600 feet to the ocean. The park offers extraordinary views and a wide variety of birds and wildflowers.
The moderate 2.3 mile loop covers most of the features and trails in the park, with the exception of the spectacular San Pedro Rock, which can only be reached at very low tide via a hike from Linda Mar Beach to San Pedro. The highlight of the park is the Bluff Trail with gorgeous views of headland cliffs, San Pedro Rock, Devil's Slide and the Pacific coastline, which on clear days extends as far as Tamalpais and Point Reyes. Once you reach Pedro summit where a sign is posted, you can look down at Linda Mar Beach and watch surfers while they wait for the next set of waves.
The route goes up the South Ridge Trail, continues to the far end of the Bluff Trail and returns via the Middle Ridge and Arroyo Trail, which is mostly a steady climb, but it is not as steep as the others. Between the junction and Pedro Summit, the Bluff Trail has some very steep sections, but they are fairly short.
Getting Here: Best access to Pedro Point Headlands trail is from the Devil's Slide North Parking Lot. From Pacifica drive ¼ mile south of Pacifica on Highway 1 and veer right to the North Parking Lot. From there walk down a few 100 yards north on the paved road parallel to Highway 1 until you see a green gate. Walk through the green gate and up the hill until you reach the trailhead kiosk.
Hours: Gates are open from 8 am to 7 pm
Entrance Fee: None