Devil’s Slide Coast: a collection of protected lands and marine areas that starts just north of the Devil's Slide Tunnel and stretches to the famed Mavericks surf break.

The Devil’s Slide Coastal Trail is open and the installation of parking areas, restrooms and trail enhancements, hikers, bikers and others can now enjoy this spectacular stretch of the California Coastal Trail.


Devil’s Slide Coast contains miles of trail varying from breezy boardwalk strolls and paved pathways to steep and challenging hikes. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or trail runner, out for a short walk, or in a wheelchair, you can experience the drama and adventure of this section of coast from a trail.


Roll along dramatic cliffside trails and catch views from the ridges of McNee Ranch or Rancho Corral de Tierra. There are opportunities here for all levels of cycling, from beach cruising to rugged mountain biking to long-distance road trips.

The California
Coastal trail

The Devil’s Slide Tunnel opened in 2013 and in early 2014, a new stretch of the California Coastal Trail was completed along the Old Highway 1 segment that was bypassed by the tunnel, providing new trail access.


Surfers already know the breaks at Devil’s Slide Coast. From the relatively friendly waters of Pacifica State Beach to the giants of Mavericks, and several spots in between, this section of coast is a paradise for wave-riders.

Scenic overlooks

Combining dramatic bluffs with ocean surf and mountain ridgelines, Devil’s Slide Coast is a great place to catch a view. Several stunning overlooks are available to hikers, bikers, equestrians, drivers and passengers.


Rocky seashore hosts a colorful community of marine life, including seaweed, crabs, sponges, sea stars, mollusks and fish that make their homes in the intertidal area between low and high tide. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve has been set aside to protect this complex but fragile community for us and for future generations.


Fish the surf at Rockaway Beach or drop your line at Pacifica Pier. You might catch one of a myriad of surfperch species, a leopard shark, smelt or even a salmon.

Historic Sites

Devil’s Slide Coast wears traces of all eras of California history. Visit working archeological sites where artifacts from Ohlone villages and Mexican ranchos are layered with evidence of the Prohibition booze trade. Stay at Point Montara Light Station, imported to prevent shipwrecks that had littered the coast before 1881. View modern ruins of WWII triangulation stations and the tracks of the old Ocean Shore Railroad below.

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