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Pacifica, California, United States

Mori Point. Golden Gate NP Conservancy

Short coastal bluff hike with outstanding views and wildflowers.

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Difficulty: Leicht
Length: 2.0 miles / 3.2 km
Duration: 1-3 Stunden
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Übersicht: Just a short distance down the coast from the city of San Francisco, Pacifica is where the concrete truly ends and gives way to green hills and dramatic coastal scenery.

Mori Point is a great place enjoy a sunset, do a spot of whale watching or simply enjoy the waves of the Pacific Coast washing up onto the shores. Remember to check out the ridgeline trail too, where you can see all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day.

Rather than recommend a specific route around the park, we've mapped out the complete network of trails and included other unofficial trails which you won't find on a park map yet are just as worthy of your exploration.

Also, 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.

Parking/Trailheads:
• Bradford Way at the end of Mori Point Road (near the Moose Lodge) has many free parking opportunities.
• South of the park, Rockaway Beach has a large free parking lot located by the ocean shore and is also convenient for the nearby Rockaway restaurants and stores. Access the park via the level Old Country Road path, or if you're feeling adventurous you could check out the climb up to the coastal bluffs.
• Pacifica Pier is located off-map parallel to Santa Rosa Avenue. You'll find plenty of free parking in this area and a great beach-side stroll to Mori Point.

Tips:
• Due to riptides Sharp Park Beach swimming or wading in the ocean here has proved to be deadly for people and pets. Neighboring Linda Mar Beach to the South has a great safe beach.
• The coastal bluff trail heading South from Mori Point becomes very narrow and steep, including a creek crossing at the bottom. The final section which descends to Rockaway Beach is recommended only for the more adventurous.

Alternatives:
• Consider extending your hike North of Mori Point to Pacifica pier.
• Trailspotting's Sweeney Ridge Guide connects Mori Point to the hills above Pacifica.


Points of Interest

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Mori Point

Continue out to the headlands of Mori Point for panoramic views of the coastal bluffs. If the weather is clear you should be able to make out the Golden Gate Bridge to the North and the jagged Farallon Islands out to sea.

For 1970s movie buffs there's a chance you might recognize the cove immediately to the South of your location. It was used in a pivotal scene of Harold & Maude where a car was driven off the cliffs and smashed into the rocks below. Thankfully, they cleaned up after themselves.
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Bootlegger's Steps

Named in recognition of the Mori Point Inn and its notorious reputation during the days of prohibition. The Inn burned in 1966 and is now long-gone.
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Elevated Boardwalk and Wetland Restoration Area

The newly constructed elevated boardwalk and wetland restoration area was completed in November 2009, preserving the San Francisco garter snake and the red-legged frog, both of which are endangered species.
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Old Mori Point Road

The wide, shaded trail of Old Mori Point Road runs between the northern face of Mori Ridge and a housing development.

Great for access to parking at the end of Bradford way, and the best route for bikes and strollers. Walkers may prefer the narrower and slightly more scenic Upper Mori Point Trail.
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Upper Mori Point Trail

This narrow trail runs parallel to the north face of Mori Ridge and is a good route from the parking area at the end of Bradford Way to the rest of the trail network.
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Coastal Trail

The Coastal Trail is an extension of the trail from Pacifica Pier, and snakes it's way up the northern flanks of Mori Ridge before descending to Old Country Road.
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Rockaway Beach

South of the park, Rockaway Beach has a large free parking lot located by the ocean shore and is also convenient for the nearby Rockaway restaurants and stores. Access the park via the level Old Country Road path, or if you're feeling adventurous you could check out the climb up to the coastal bluffs.
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Mori Ridge

From the ridgeline of Mori Point the views are quite different, but still worthy of the exploration.

Amateur geologists might question some of the features of the landscape up here. This area is both a former quarry (which explains the divot in the hillside up here) and was also frequently used for motorcycle motocross events. This also explains why you'll find the occasional half-buried rubber tire up here.

Thankfully nature is taking hold again - with a very big helping hand from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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Unmaintained Trail

The coastal bluff trail heading South from Mori Point becomes very narrow and steep, including a creek crossing at the bottom. The final section which descends to Rockaway Beach is recommended only for the more adventurous.

Rockaway Beach is a nice place to explore, but if our description of this unmaintained trail doesn't appeal to you, you can still approach the area from Old Country Road.
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