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Devil's Slide Trail, Pacifica

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Devil's Slide is a coastal promontory in California, United States. It lies on the San Mateo County coast between Pacifica and Montara.
Devil's Slide is a name given to a steep, rocky coastal promontory located about midway between Montara and the Linda Mar District of Pacifica. The terrain is characterized by steep, eroded slopes with natural gradients ranging between 30 and 50%. There are small coastal valleys throughout along the major drainages within the Montara Mountain watershed. The soils in these valleys are deep and moderately well drained and have developed along the low terraces and alluvial fans of the stream channels.
The climate of the area is Mediterranean with a strong maritime influence. The temperature range is narrow both seasonally and diurnally, while air moisture is relatively high. Extremely dense northern coastal scrub covers most of the locale, especially over San Pedro Mountain and along the steeper foot slopes of Montara Mountain. Small grassy openings and barren rocky areas are scattered throughout the scrub areas. The inland area holds other types of vegetation including aquatic and coastal freshwater marshes/seeps, willow riparian scrub, coastal grassland, non-native forest, and pasture/ranch uses/non-native brushland. The endangered species Hickman's potentilla occurs on the slopes above Martini Creek at up to 430ft elevation.
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  • Nice, wide, and flat waling and bike path. Small parking lots at either end. Restroom and drinking water fountain available. Nice sea breeze, and fantstic views of the coast.  more »
  • A beautiful trail for a hike, walk, or bike ride during any season. Great views of the ocean and sunset. Opportunities for bird watching. Lots of great informative and educational signs along the...  more »
  • Great paved walk along the beautiful Northern California coast. Whale and bird watching a great plus! Also met a few like minded nature lovers along the trail. We brought along our trash collecting kit but we didn't need it because this place is immaculate! Come and enjoy!
  • The park was a fun little detour as I drove up the coast. Nice to stretch my legs on the 1.3 mile trail (2.6 round trip), be warned it is not flat. The entire path is paved and very well maintained. The peak gives a beautiful view of the Pacific ocean; we saw a pod of whales in the distance! Parking and restrooms are on each end of the park.

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