Brooks Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Travel into the Brooks Creek drainage and you’ll explore a landscape little changed since the days of Spanish missionaries and explorers. On the downhill run, views of the Pacific Coast enliven switchbacks that drop down Montara Mountain. Ocean breezes are a mainstay in Pacifica, cooling even the hottest summer days and regularly blowing fog over the tract houses that line the hillsides. That nearly constant moisture supports the lush coastal scrub that pillows the lower slopes of Montara Mountain and feeds San Pedro Creek and Brooks Creek, which flow through alder and willow to the San Pedro Valley floor. The park preserves a site of historical significance. In 1769 Don Gaspar de Portola’s colonial expedition overshot its desired destination, Monterey Bay, and happened instead upon another enormous body of water, San Francisco Bay. Part of Portola’s exploration of the area included a visit to the lush, fruitful San Pedro Valley. After Mission Dolores was established on the bayshore, the oceanside valley became an important supply outpost, providing food and cattle for the mission."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Peninsula (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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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