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Devil's Slide Trail, Pacifica

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Devil's Slide is a coastal promontory in California, United States. It lies on the San Mateo County coast between Pacifica and Montara.Natural settingDevil's Slide is a name given to a steep, rocky coastal promontory located about midway between Montara and the Linda Mar District of Pacifica. The terrain is characterized by steep, eroded slopes with natural gradients ranging between 30 and 50%. There are small coastal valleys throughout along the major drainages within the Montara Mountain watershed. The soils in these valleys are deep and moderately well drained and have developed along the low terraces and alluvial fans of the stream channels.The climate of the area is Mediterranean with a strong maritime influence. The temperature range is narrow both seasonally and diurnally, while air moisture is relatively high. Extremely dense northern coastal scrub covers most of the locale, especially over San Pedro Mountain and along the steeper foot slopes of Montara Mountain. Small grassy openings and barren rocky areas are scattered throughout the scrub areas. The inland area holds other types of vegetation including aquatic and coastal freshwater marshes/seeps, willow riparian scrub, coastal grassland, non-native forest, and pasture/ranch uses/non-native brushland. The endangered species Hickman's potentilla occurs on the slopes above Martini Creek at up to 430ft elevation.
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  • This is an easy paved trail that follows the ocean-but make sure you go on a sunny day! We started out in the fog and it only got thicker. It was peaceful, not crowded and we could hear the ocean but ...  more »
  • Devil’s Slide was a knuckle whitening drive with a gorgeous view you couldn’t enjoy because there was no place to pull over and you had to really pay attention to survive the experience. Now you can w...  more »
  • The view from the parking lot was stunning. There were restroom facilities. The hike to the building is short. There weren't many parking spot so keep that in mind.  more »
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  • Fabulous views! Very little parking. Paved walking trail that is over a mile long. Note that it is an uphill walk but well worth out. It is a great place to whale watch or just relax and stare at the ocean down below. This used to be a part of highway 1 but now it's just for people, bikes, and horses. You can park on the north or south end of the tunnels and walk in either direction. The north end is the easier walk if you don't want to do a lot of uphill walking. However, the south end has a view almost straight away.
  • Fun hike, about 2.6 miles round-trip. The walk is on pavement. Mostly uphill to start. Fantastic view. The walk to the end was clear and the walk back was foggy and made for great pictures. Would recommend.
  • Hidden gem of the Bay. All you recent transplants who brought your cars should spend more time touring the Pacific coast, the highway is spectacular. This park is a section of highway that's been converted to a... park. Here you can enjoy the dramatic California coastline on foot. A real treat.
  • Wide paved trail with benches and telescopes and unisex bathrooms there is also plenty of parking. The sights you see from the trail mostly of the ocean are spectacular and the trail itself is fairly short about a mile I think.
  • Easy walk - can be slippery with early morning dew and ocean breeze or late evenings - of course, after rain as well, though an easy walk, it requires shoes with non-slippery soles because you just never know when it might be wet. Great views whether it's clear or overcast
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