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Devil's Slide Coastal Trail Opens to Public This Week

Devil's Slide Coastal Trail, which runs hundreds of feet above the Pacific Ocean from the southern end of Pacifica to Montara, is scheduled to open to the public at 1 p.m. on Thursday,

Photo courtesy: San Mateo County Parks Department
Photo courtesy: San Mateo County Parks Department
By Bay City News Service:

A 1.3-mile stretch of coastal highway formerly known for its harrowing curves and weather-related closures is about to open as San Mateo County's newest public park. 

Devil's Slide Coastal Trail, which runs hundreds of feet above the Pacific Ocean from the southern end of Pacifica to Montara, is scheduled to open to the public at 1 p.m. on Thursday, according to the San Mateo County Parks Department. 

The abandoned piece of state Highway 1 -- made obsolete when the Tom Lantos Memorial Tunnels opened to traffic in 2013 -- was given a yearlong $2-million makeover to accommodate hikers, bikers, equestrians and birdwatchers along a remote and undeveloped stretch of the California coast. 

The roadway was resurfaced and three scenic overlooks with observation scopes were installed, along with informational placards that describe some of the rich bird life, marine life, geology and historical points of interest encompassed by the park. 

San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, whose district includes Devil's Slide, called the cliff-side trail "breathtaking" and said that its location offers Bay Area residents unique foot access to a formerly treacherous bit of roadway. 

"This is a great opportunity for people to come out and explore the trail and take in the views that drivers in the past wish they could have glimpsed but didn't dare," Horsley said. 

Parking at the trail is limited, and visitors are encouraged to carpool. 

A 17-space parking lot on the northern end of trail closest to Pacifica can only be entered from southbound Highway 1. 

A 24-space lot on the southern end near Montara is accessible from north- and southbound Highway 1. Both lots have toilets. 

No motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed on the trail. Dogs are permitted when on a six-foot leash. 

More information about the Devil's Slide Coastal Trail is available online at parks.smcgov.org. 


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jan March 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Hooray! There's no mentions of park fees in this article - are there any?
Brad Rosinski March 26, 2014 at 01:31 PM
@Jan: it's supposed to be free entry. No guard shack, no rangers.
Joe Falcone March 28, 2014 at 05:42 AM
There's a free Weekend Shuttle called the Devil's Slide Ride in Pacifica that goes to the Devil's Slide Trailhead from 16 stops in Pacifica. The iPacifica mobile app (http://app.lk/iPacifica) has information about the shuttle and a real-time GPS tracker of the shuttle bus.
Sam Chetcuti March 30, 2014 at 11:42 PM
This sounds like a great place to take visiting friends and relatives. Going up to the wine country or down to Carmel is getting a little old. I am glad that they put this area to good use. Once in a great while government does come up with a good idea and this indeed is one of them.

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