Photos: Preview of new Devil’s Slide trail

Barry Parr
We had the opportunity to take a preview hike on the new Devil's Slide trail. The vistas are amazing and the atmosphere is quiet. The trail is scheduled to open officially at the end of March.
Barry Parr
We started at the south entrance, just below the tunnel opening. Parking is limited to about ten spaces
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There are still construction crews on the site, and the bathrooms are not quite ready for the public.
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Once you reach the gate, the sounds of traffic from Highway 1 drop away, and you can hear the surf. The trail is a essentially a two-lane paved road. Crews were adding stripes for a bike lane when we were there.
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The trail offers views of peregrine falcons, including this one of a nesting pair.
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Visitors are not able to go climbing off either side of the trail.
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The climbs can be tempting.
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Visitors with binoculars will be able to observe the murres nesting on Devil's Slide Rock.
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The walk to the north entrance is about one and half miles. It's mostly a gentle uphill walk going north.
posted by Barry Parr
Tue, March 18, 2014
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Plus,  a little video to give you a more dynamic idea of what you’ll see.

Oh this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing and we can’t wait to do this trail.

Trail? Looks like an asphalt highway lined with cement K-rail to me. It’s the antithesis of any portion of the California Coastal Trail created to give parallel access to natural features of our coastline. The weird, destructive, wasteful things justified by an artificial urban mindset are always a wonder to me.

To be fair, it started as a highway and we spent a lot of money to keep it from falling into the ocean. It’s hardly destructive to clean it up and make it available for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Thu, March 20, 2014 11:44pm
Carl May
All my comments

New layer of asphalt on what is supposed to be a trail? Why? Leave the cement K-rail in place? Why? Safety fencing? Why? None of this has a bit to do with what the California Coastal Trail (CCT) is supposed to be.

Yes, it’s highly destructive. All the energy and materials that are going into the urban development? Why? Development of what could be restored to a more natural setting? Why? A proper trail for experiencing “San Mateo County’s headlands” would have reduced the artificial footprint and used natural surfaces, the better to experience the striking geologic features of the place.

I have walked about half of the entire California coastline and have seen a number of mistakes made that wasted money and degraded access to natural features and experiences by over-developing segments of the CCT, but this mile and a third is the ugliest newly created trail segment in Northern California and among the few most wasteful of citizens’ money I have seen, the Cowell Ranch spending binge notwithstanding.

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