Devil’s Slide trail to open to public Thursday, March 27

Barry Parr
Work continues on the trail and facilities, but some groups have been able to preview it this week.
posted by Barry Parr
Fri, March 21, 2014
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The long-awaited trail (and former highway) on the Devil’s Slide will open to the public on Thursday, March 27 at 1pm. Here are the details from the county.

San Mateo County spent nearly a year building three scenic overlooks, resurfacing the road and making other improvements for hikers, cyclists and equestrians. Parking is limited so Parks officials recommend people carpool, take public transportation or cycle to the trail.

The parking lot on the northern trail entrance (nearest Pacifica) can only be entered when you are heading south on Highway 1. The lot includes 17 parking spaces, one accessible space and one space for a recreational vehicle.

The parking lot on the southern trail entrance (nearest Montara) can be accessed when traveling north and south on Highway 1. The lot includes 24 parking spaces, one accessible space and one space for a recreational vehicle.

Both lots have toilets.

No motorized vehicles of any type are allowed on the trail. Dogs are permitted on a six-foot leash. Informational kiosks and pet stations are located at the north and south trailheads.

The trail includes three overlook sites featuring benches and observation scopes allowing visitors to observe marine life that live or migrate along the San Mateo County coastline, including harbor seals, bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, northern elephant seals and humpback, grey and killer whales.

Visitors will also see interpretive panels detailing the history, geology and animal and plant features of the area.

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