When the treacherous stretch of Hwy 1 that runs between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica slid into the ocean, it paved the way for a new cliffside hiking trail. With epic views year round, the Devil’s Slide Trail that runs along the old Hwy 1 is the perfect place for whale watching.
Just over 3.5 miles out-and-back, the wide, paved trail is the perfect length for an evening stroll. The Devil’s Slide Trail sits high above the bluffs and walkers are treated to stunning views and the soothing sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below. The views are best on a clear day, but the trail has a certain element of rugged charm when you are walking through fog that is as thick as pea soup and the wind is howling.
This popular trail can get crowded on the weekends and the parking lots on either side of the trailhead fill up quickly. Luckily, Pacifica offers a free weekend shuttle to make getting to the trail easy.
Directly off of Hwy 1, the trailhead (and parking) is available at both the north and the south sides of the Tom Lantos Tunnels.
This wide out and back paved trail is wide enough for everyone. The trail is marked with lanes to separate walkers and bikers. If walking north to south, extend your walk past the south parking lot and explore the ruins of the old military bunker that towers above the bluff.
Parking: Parking lots are located at the north and the south ends of the trail
Fee: No fee
Restroom: Available at both ends of the trail