Guided tour of Pacifica’s Sanchez Creek Canyon Sunday

Press release

Posted by on Thu, February 22, 2007

Peter Brastow, Nature in the City
Peter Brastow, Nature in the City

Join Jake Sigg and Jon Campo and many other knowledgeable people on an exploration of one of the Bay Area’s hidden jewels.  Sanchez Creek Canyon, just 15 minutes south of San Francisco in Pacifica, is home to rough-skinned newts, rubber boa snakes, and federally listed red-legged frogs.  This relatively intact watershed is one of only two canyons in Pacifica that has never been developed, except for the presence of a rustic archery range.  Expect to see red-stemmed dogwood, hazelnut, fringe cups, columbine, oceanspray, trillium, slim Solomon, woodland sanicle, five species of ferns, and many other local gems.

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the SF Public Utilities Commission, and the North Central Coast Water District are proposing to build a pipeline and a 20,000-sq ft water tank platform 40’ tall to bring water to the Sharp Park Golf Course.  The tank and concrete pad will transform the canyon’s secluded, wild character—one of only two coastal canyons without substantial development.

Don’t miss the chance to walk through this wild place before this threatened development takes place.  It is not certain that it will go forward, but only an informed public can stop it, or slow it down sufficiently to insist on a public process, including hearings.

Questions?  Jake Sigg 415-731-3028, Jon Campo 650-355-0247

Click below for directions.


Sanchez Creek Canyon field trip Sunday February 25, 10 am. The guest parking area is large enough to accommodate everybody and will be a good place to meet.

From San Francisco:
take 280 South to Highway 1, go south to Pacifica
take the Sharp Park Road, Fairway Drive exit
make a right onto Fairway Drive
go across the freeway and make a right onto Lundy (not marked)
travel 100 yards and make a left at the SF Archery sign
Drive to the back of the canyon until you see the Guest Parking sign

From the Peninsula:
North on US-101 North towards SF
take the I-380 West
take I-280 North
take the Westborough Blvd exit
turn Left on Westborough Blvd
continue on Sharp Park Road
at the bottom of hill make a left onto Lundy (before the bridge) go through the stop sign
go 100 yards, make a left at the SF Archery sign
Drive to the back of the canyon until you see the Guest Parking sign

At 9:09 AM -0800 2/15/07, Jake Sigg wrote:

  Sanchez Creek Canyon, Pacifica
  Sunday, February 25, 10 am to noon
  Leaders: Jake Sigg & Jon Campo



Nice Rough-Skinned Newt photos!

What happened on the hike up the canyon, can be found on the following story from the San Mateo County Times: