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Devil's Slide Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This former section of Highway 1 is now a popular multi-use trail with amazing views.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Loop

456' 139 m

High

261' 79 m

Low

269' 82 m

Up

269' 82 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly Paved trail with interpretive displays and good views.

Overview

This section of Highway 1 was replaced by a tunnel in 2013 and re-opened as a multi-use trail a year later. What was once a busy highway is now a quiet, easy hike atop the coastal bluffs that has become popular with locals and tourists alike.

Description

There are parking lots at both the north and south end of the trail, each with toilets and water fountains. This description starts at the north parking lot.

From the parking lot, take a wide, paved trail west toward the ocean, through the coastal hills. You'll soon be rewarded with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean - on a clear day you can the Farallon Islands and Point Reyes.

Once the trail is above the ocean bluffs, look for pelicans and cormorants flying along the coast and seals and whales out in the water.

There are several interpretive signs and benches along the way to help you appreciate the views.

Stop at any time or continue to the south parking lot to return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

In the coastal scrub along the trail, look for coyote brush, ceanothus, California sagebrush, and pampas grass.

Contacts

Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 8 votes

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  4.4 from 8 votes
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Even beneath overcast skies, appreciating the sharp contrast between rock and sea demands more time than cars will ever provide.
May 25, 2019 near Montara, CA
The trail is named for a feature of geology: the shale and sandstone are slipping into the Pacific. Sturdy barriers protect the road without inhibiting views.
May 25, 2019 near Montara, CA
Views and the general feel of a hazy day along Devil's Slide Trail.
May 25, 2019 near Montara, CA
Enjoy the sounds of the surf and sweeping views from the Devil's Slide Trail.
Feb 17, 2017 near Montara, CA
Access to trail around black gate is blocked by wire fence
Sep 22, 2019 near Montara, CA
Typical of the "trail," which is as well-paved, maintained, and generously wide as any two-lane highway … minus the cars.
May 25, 2019 near Montara, CA

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Jan 4, 2020
Sofilina Wilhite
Aug 17, 2019
Edmund Tesoro
May 12, 2019
Ben Gremillion
Overcast an 15°F cooler than on the other side of the peninsula. Road/trail is in great shape for a casual (and unique) stroll. 3mi — 2h 30m
Mar 16, 2019
Admiral Wing Commander
3.2mi
Nov 22, 2018
Satyakiran Duggina
Oct 20, 2018
Adam Brain
2.5mi
Sep 3, 2018
Inna Kryvko
Sep 3, 2018
Dmytro Kryvko
2.5mi