Address: The dead-end of Fairway Drive, off of Bradford Way, Pacifica, CA GPS Coordinates: 37°37'18.1"N, 122°29'29.8"W (approx.) This is a residential area. Please be respectful of residents. OR The dead-end of Mori Point Road (off of Bradford Way), Pacifica, CA. This is the official parking area, but as mentioned below, I find it easier to park at the end of Fairway Drive. Parking: Free parking in the areas above. Please be respectful of residents. Hours: Sunrise to Sunset Type: Hike (easy to moderate depending on trail) Regulations: Dogs allowed on-leash (Please keep dogs on leash at all times to protect sensitive habitat and wildflowers) Best time to visit: Anytime on a clear day, but these trails can get windy.
There is one restroom at the Mori Point trailhead down Old Mori Trail near the parking lot. I don't recommend parking in that lot because it fills so fast and can be a zoo to exit/enter. It's about 0.3 miles down from the marsh area close to the highway. There are trash cans near the trailhead as well.
Description: This 32-acre park offers gorgeous coastal hikes with options for a leisurely stroll along the coast or a more challenging hike up the cliff side. Your hike starts at the end of Fairway Drive, over a wooden bridge in back of some houses. It soon opens up to a wetland, with red-legged frog ponds along a boardwalk. If you continue straight ahead, you’ll reach Sharp Park Beach, where dogs are allowed if on-leash. The city has proposed to make this beach off-leash, but it’s not official yet.
If you head to your right, you can walk along the coast via a flat 0.5 mile trail. If instead you go left, you will climb some stairs and reach a gorgeous cliff overlooking the ocean. This is called "The Point" and blooms with beautiful wildflowers during certain times of the year. You can continue ahead along a rocky trail hugging the coast, which soon snakes steeply up the hill. There are a variety of other unnamed trails you can take from there to loop back, with the shortest loop about a 1.75 mile hike. During your hike you’ll pass through green bluffs dotted with wildflowers and you will have stunning views of the ocean and cliff side. On your hike back, you will have to navigate one of the steep, slippery trails back down, so I recommend good shoes and hiking poles. When you reach the flat area near "The Point," you can retrace your steps down the stairs, or instead take the trail to your right, which has a switchback and leads you back near the bottom of the stairs.
This place has a lot of history, and was once farmland and home to the Mori Point Inn, a speakeasy during prohibition. On the cliff side, there are still remnants of structures used to pull buckets of sand ashore during WWII.