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Devil's Slide

Devils Slide Beach, CA

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Devil's Slide is a coastal promontory in California, United States. It lies on the San Mateo County coast between Pacifica and Montara. Its name comes from … See more

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Aug 6, 2022
We walked this trail/road on a summer morning in a thick fog that prevented us from seeing much of the ocean. Still, it was an enjoyable walk and still quite scenic. Full review by DDMMM
Dec 25, 2021
Nice out and back paved trail. Hilly in spots good views and great geology. Bathrooms at both ends at the parking lots. Weather wasn't great but the views and vistas were worth it. Signs describe old… Full review by NYDanman
Mar 28, 2021
Nice, wide, and flat waling and bike path. Small parking lots at either end. Restroom and drinking water fountain available. Nice sea breeze, and fantstic views of the coast. Full review by Southcityca

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Balanced Precariously on This California Peak
High atop California’s coastal peak known colorfully as Devil’s Slide are the crumbling remains of a squat cement building that looks as though it is about to tip off the edge of the summit and slide into the sea. The bunker on Devil’s Peak was originally built during World War II as a triangulation and observing station and was once simply a piece of a much bigger set of buildings and facilities. When in service, a watcher equipped with a set of binoculars would keep watch out at sea and if they spotted any enemy ships they simply radioed a massive six-inch gun not far away which would sink them before they got close. Unfortunately, with the advent of more modern missile defenses the station became obsolete and the entire site was abandoned in 1949, leaving an empty bunker atop Devil’s Slide.The land was eventually purchased by a private owner but the bunker remained on its lonely perch. The earth at the top of the peak was removed for a construction project sometime before 1970 that was never completed. The bunker now looks as though it is teetering precariously on the summit. The private owner has fenced off the site.Today the Devil’s Slide Bunker still sits on private property and is not open to the public, yet that has not stopped graffiti artists from covering most of the surfaces with tags and pieces. By the looks of the bunker’s base its seems like it is only a matter of time before some unlucky artist actually ends up taking the Devil’s Slide right along with the bunker.
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Sea View Telescopes
Devil’s Slide Trail lies a mile south of Pacifica at the base of Pedro Point Headlands. The 1.3-mile trail is entirely paved and strewn with the industrial trappings of safety and necessity. Wire netting fights the forces of gravity that give the rock-slide prone area its name. Fencing and cement barricades keep visitors at a safe distance from potentially crumbling cliffs. If the broad, paved trail gives you the eerie feeling that you’re walking down the middle of an abandoned highway, it’s because you are.Devil’s Slide Trail is a decommissioned section of Highway 1, closed in 2013 after the completion of tunnels to reroute traffic around the eroding hillside. Landslides plagued the area for decades and subsequently cutoff costal access on Highway 1. The Bay Area coastline roughly follows the boundary between the North American and Pacific Plates. Along the trail, beautiful striations can be seen in the sedimentary rock heaved upward by plate tectonics. It is the collision of this rock with Montara Mountain's granite, in combination with the constant pounding of the Pacific Ocean, that contributes to the area's notorious erosion. The dramatic geology and gorgeous ocean views that previously tempted drivers to peek away from the road can now be enjoyed at a slower pace. Walkers and bikers make the 2.6-mile round trip stopping off at overlooks furnished with benches and sea view telescopes. The trail is ADA accessible and suitable for all ability levels; however, the northbound segment is a bit steep. Signage indicates that the trail is open to equestrians, but the logistics of getting a horse to the site are challenging. Each end of the trail has limited parking and will not comfortably accommodate a horse trailer. Riding a horse along Highway 1 to either entrance is not advisable. Water and restrooms are located at each trailhead, and dogs are allowed on leash. A free weekend shuttle is available from Pacifica. Visit cityofpacifica.org for schedules.
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Steep Cliffs with Leftover Remnants from WW2
Devil's Slide is a name given to a steep, rocky coastal promontory located about midway between Montara and the Linda Mar District of Pacifica. The terrain is characterized by steep, eroded slopes with natural gradients ranging between 30 and 70%. There are small coastal valleys throughout along the major drainages within the Montara Mountain watershed. The soils in these valleys are deep and moderately well drained and have developed along the low terraces and alluvial fans of the stream channels.Devil's Slide was the location of a military triangulation station and observation site used during World War II as part of the harbor defense of San Francisco. Prior to the advent of radar, military personnel would use binoculars and compasses to search for ships at sea and relay their coordinates to a central post. By combining information from multiple observation posts, a ship's precise location could be determined by triangulation. There were six military structures at the Devil's Slide: three concrete and steel observation pill-boxes, two concrete and earth bunkers, and a reinforced steel observation tower. The pill-boxes were used as hardened observation posts, and one of the bunkers was used as a communications and command post. The site was sold to a private owner in 1983, but some of the structures remain.The climate of the area is Mediterranean with a strong maritime influence. The temperature range is narrow both seasonally and diurnally, while air moisture is relatively high. Extremely dense northern coastal scrub covers most of the locale, especially over San Pedro Mountain and along the steeper foot slopes of Montara Mountain. Small grassy openings and barren rocky areas are scattered throughout the scrub areas. The inland area holds other types of vegetation including, aquatic and coastal freshwater marshes/seeps, willow riparian scrub, coastal grassland, non-native forest, and pasture/ranch uses/non-native brushland. The endangered species Hickman's potentilla occurs on the slopes above Martini Creek at up to 430 feet elevation.
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Steep, Rocky Coastal Promontory
Devil's Slide is a coastal promontory in California, United States. It lies on the San Mateo County coast between Pacifica and Montara. Devil's Slide is a name given to a steep, rocky coastal promontory located about midway between Montara and the Linda Mar District of Pacifica. The terrain is characterized by steep, eroded slopes with natural gradients ranging between 30 and 50%. There are small coastal valleys throughout along the major drainages within the Montara Mountain watershed. The soils in these valleys are deep and moderately well drained and have developed along the low terraces and alluvial fans of the stream channels. The climate of the area is Mediterranean with a strong maritime influence. The temperature range is narrow both seasonally and diurnally, while air moisture is relatively high. Extremely dense northern coastal scrub covers most of the locale, especially over San Pedro Mountain and along the steeper foot slopes of Montara Mountain. Small grassy openings and barren rocky areas are scattered throughout the scrub areas. The inland area holds other types of vegetation including aquatic and coastal freshwater marshes/seeps, willow riparian scrub, coastal grassland, non-native forest, and pasture/ranch uses/non-native brushland. The endangered species Hickman's potentilla occurs on the slopes above Martini Creek at up to 430ft elevation. To visit Devil's Slide Trail on your holiday in Pacifica, and find out what else Pacifica has to offer, use our Pacifica.
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