ElevationAscent: 127' 39 m
Descent: -50' -15 m
High: 641' 195 m
Low: 565' 172 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“Spectacular views of Headlands cliffs, San Pedro rock, and the Pacific with good wildflower displays in late spring.”— Lee Watts
An amazing amount of reconstruction work has been done on these trails, much of it by volunteers. Join the Pedro Point Headlands Stewardship Program to help continue this work. A few years ago, the trail was narrow, overgrown and deeply rutted by bikers and erosion. Now it is wide, smooth, and entirely run-able, but it has some short steep spots.
The trail starts at the junction of the South Ridge Trail and the Arroyo Trail. I often come up via the Arroyo Trail and go out via the steeper South Ridge Trail.
From the junction, the Bluff Trail climbs up to the summit at the junction with the Middle Ridge Trail. As you descend from this junction, you have great views of San Pedro Rock and of the 600 foot cliff that forms the south side of Pedro Summit. San Pedro Rock, an island immediately adjacent to Pedro Point, has clearly visible layers of sedimentary rock have been tilted almost vertically by tectonic forces.
Much closer on the coast below, the same vertical layers can be seen on the two small rocky points with black tips. You cannot see it from here, but from the Devil's Slide Trail there appears to be a giant storm drain or cave just beyond these two points. This is actually an illusion created by a shallow alcove of black rock surrounded by white rock.
Just before the junction with the Middle Ridge Trail, a small trail heads down towards the coast below. After a short distance, it becomes very narrow and difficult and the poison oak is hard to avoid. In 2012, I was able the climb all the way down to the coast, but by the next year, erosion had made this impossible without rope.
The Bluff Trail ends with a up to the top of Pedro Summit, which has gorgeous 360 degree views of San Pedro Rock, Shelter Cove, the Pacifica districts of Pedro Point and Linda Mar, and the surrounding coast and hills. This is one of the best views along the entire coast.
From the top, there is an interesting trail of use that heads down the ridge in the direction of San Pedro Rock. It is not possible to climb down to the coast from here, and poison oak become more and more of a problem as spring progresses.
The trail of use heading down the north ridge road leads to private property.
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Land Manager: Pacifica Land Trust
Jun 27, 2019: Amazing Volunteers
Nov 30, 2018: Pacifica land Trust “Land News” Release