Devil's Slide

Pacifica, California

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This is what 1 mile of abandoned highway looks like when it is reinvented as a spectacular stretch of paved California Coastal Trail enjoyed by hikers and bikers. It’s a rare hike that heaps so many historical, geological, natural, and scenic rewards on such a short jaunt. The route to connect Pacifica with Montara dates back to the late 1800s, when travel over the mountain was far more treacherous. A railroad tunnel was carved and tracks were laid just in time for the Great San Francisco Earthquake to cause damage and delay progress. The construction of California State Route 1, known as Highway 1 (CA 1), in 1937 was a vast safety improvement for vehicles traveling along this stretch of coastline. But Mother Nature never made it easy.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This is what 1 mile of abandoned highway looks like when it is reinvented as a spectacular stretch of paved California Coastal Trail enjoyed by hikers and bikers. It’s a rare hike that heaps so many historical, geological, natural, and scenic rewards on such a short jaunt.

The route to connect Pacifica with Montara dates back to the late 1800s, when travel over the mountain was far more treacherous. A railroad tunnel was carved and tracks were laid just in time for the Great San Francisco Earthquake to cause
damage and delay progress. The construction of California State Route 1, known as Highway 1 (CA 1), in 1937 was a vast safety improvement for vehicles traveling along this stretch of coastline. But Mother Nature never made it easy.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pacifica
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 257 feet
Top Elevation: 472 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Mateo County Parks, (650) 355-8289 or (650) 363-4020, smcoparks.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Devil's Slide

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Apr 2018