This paved trail offers world-class views of the California coastline and is a popular nesting site for many seabirds.
Look for seabirds, ocean views, and wildflowers during spring!
NOTE: Devil’s Slide Trail South Gate Closed – Be sure to go to the North Gate
Distance: 3 miles round trip
Elevation change: Mostly flat
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Trail surface: Paved
Best season: All year
Managing agency: County of San Mateo
Parking lot location: Click here for directions
Devil’s Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile multi-use trail, converted from a former segment of Highway 1, that gives hikers, runners, bicyclists and equestrians access the rocky heights of Devil’s Slide above the Pacific Ocean. At provided overlooks, trail users may rest on benches and gaze through observation scopes and take in the view of the rocky coastal waters below. Interpretive signs are placed at key points along the trail and describe the history, geography and the marine and avian communities that live and migrate here.
The trail is paved, with separate lanes for hikers and directional bike traffic. Many convenient amenities are provided as well, such as pet waste stations, bike racks, drinking fountains and restrooms. Devil’s Slide Trail is a segment of the California Coastal Trail, a trail that, when finished, will extend 1,200 miles from Oregon to Mexico, connecting travelers to California’s varied oceanside landscapes.