Brooks Creek Falls

Pacifica, California

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A loop through history also offers views of seasonal Brooks Creek Falls. The seasonal falls on Brooks Creek can’t be reached directly, but a nice loop hike through coastal San Pedro Valley County Park offers unimpeded views of the narrow 175-foot ribbon, a striking splash of white amid green scrub when swollen with rainfall. When the falls dry up in summer, the stained cliff still draws the eye, a streak of dark amid scrub dried by the season. But even when the rains don’t fall, fog and moist ocean breezes, a weather mainstay in Pacifica, regularly blow into the hollows of coastal hills. That incessant moisture supports the lush coastal scrub that pillows the lower slopes of Montara Mountain and helps to sustain flows in San Pedro Creek and Brooks Creek, which wind through alder and willow to the San Pedro Valley floor.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A loop through history also offers views of seasonal Brooks Creek Falls. The seasonal falls on Brooks Creek can’t be reached directly, but a nice loop hike through coastal San Pedro Valley County Park offers unimpeded views of the narrow 175-foot ribbon, a striking splash of white amid green scrub when swollen with rainfall. When the falls dry up in summer, the stained cliff still draws the eye, a streak of dark amid scrub dried by the season.

But even when the rains don’t fall, fog and moist ocean breezes, a weather mainstay in Pacifica, regularly blow into the hollows of coastal hills. That incessant moisture supports the lush coastal scrub that pillows the lower slopes of Montara Mountain and helps to sustain flows in San Pedro Creek and Brooks Creek, which wind through alder and willow to the San Pedro Valley floor.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pacifica
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: San Pedro Valley County Park, 600 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044; (650) 355-8289. San Mateo County Department of Parks, 455 County Center, 4th Fl., Redwood City, CA 94063; (650) 363-4020; parks.smcgov.org.
Local Maps: USGS Montara Mountain CA; San Pedro Valley County Park brochure and map available online at parks.smcgov.org and at the trailhead
Driving Directions: Directions to Brooks Creek Falls

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