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Mori Point, Pacifica CA

• 4-star hike
• 1.3 to 2.5 mile options
• Easy/Hard difficulty | Gain 135 to 459 feet
• SF Peninsula | Pacifica, CA
• Driving Directions: Trailhead

When savoring the splendor of the coastal bluffs of Mori Point in Pacifica you might want to bear in mind that the views here were so nearly very different. Developers have considered many plans for this land - condominiums, commercial development, an intersection for a new freeway extension and even a proposal to create a "Coney Island of the West" on the wetlands below. In 2000, the fervent efforts of the Pacifica Land Trust, California Coastal Conservency and the Trust for Public Land resulted in the purchase of the land and it was turned over to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for preservation and restoration. The endangered red-legged frogs can now croak out a sigh of relief.

We list two short looping trails, both of which offer excellent coastal views. While the North Loop is mostly easy and leads you out to the coastal bluffs, the Perimeter Loop takes a longer journey beyond the park's boundary to Rockaway Beach. This latter trail involves a stream crossing and a steep section near Rockaway Beach to the South. Both looping trails give you the option of trying a scramble up to the top of the tallest of Mori Point's hills.

From the top of the Bootleggers Steps.

Sunsets from Mori Point are rarely the same twice, and in the morning the hills are also a great whale and dolphin watching location. Free parking is easy to come by near the trailhead and alternative parking is also available by Rockaway Beach which also feature several shops and restaurants worthy of attention. Another option is to park up by Pacifica's pier a mile north of Mori Point and extend your hike with a stroll along the levee that borders Sharp Park golf course and the sandy beach.

Boardwalk at the end of Mori Point Road protecting wetland wildlife from foot traffic.

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North Loop | 4★ | 1.3mi | Easy | 135ft | AllTrails
Perimeter Loop | 4★ | 2.5mi | Hard | 459ft | AllTrails

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