Devil's Slide Trail

San Mateo County, California

Elevation Gain409ft
Trailhead Elevation365ft
Elevation Min/Max256/471ft
Elevation Start/End365/365ft

Devil's Slide Trail

Devil's Slide Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Mateo County, California. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 365 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 409 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings.

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Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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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."
101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore (Wilderness Press)
Matt Heid
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"Devil’s slide is the moniker given to a sheer coastal bluff more than a mile long and 800 feet high. For decades Hwy. 1 traced a sinuous route upon its face, but the slope’s loose rock was always vulnerable to slides, especially during the rainy winter months, which would periodically close this crucial coastal artery to traffic."

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Trail Information

San Mateo County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
San Mateo County Parks, (650) 355-8289 or (650) 363-4020,
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Montara Mountain
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