Pillar Point Bluff Trail

San Mateo County, California 94925

Elevation Gain29ft
Trailhead Elevation110ft
Elevation Min/Max110/131ft
Elevation Start/End110/110ft

Pillar Point Bluff Trail

Pillar Point Bluff Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Mateo County, California. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 110 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 29 feet. Pillar Point Bluff Trail (POST) and another parking are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Near the end of the trail is a bench. This trail connects with the following: Jean Lauer Trail.

Pillar Point Bluff Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve extends for about 3 miles, from Moss Beach to Pillar Point. The section reached by California Avenue is popular with classes of schoolchildren, especially at low tide when the reefs are exposed. Specialty birds: Resident—Black Oystercatcher, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Wrentit. Summer—Brown Pelican, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Allen’s Hummingbird. Winter—Western and Clark’s Grebes; Wandering Tattler; Long-billed Curlew; Black Turnstone; Surfbird; Rock Sandpiper; Mew, Thayer’s, and Glaucous-winged Gulls; Townsend’s Warbler; Tricolored Blackbird. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"A little local knowledge goes a long way to getting to the trailhead, even with a landmark that looks like a giant golf ball. This short, isolated stretch of the California Coastal Trail on a bluff laced with spur trails delivers phenomenal views topped with a dash of iconic California surfing culture."

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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, smcoparks.org
Local Contacts
DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Local Maps