The steep coastal bluffs of Pillar Point just north of Half Moon Bay offer some of the best views on the entire coastline. This public treasure was nearly lost to development before POST stepped in to preserve the land in 2004. Explore this iconic destination by taking a walk on the Jean Lauer Trail, named in memory of a former POST staffer who deeply loved this stretch of the coast.
Soaring pelicans, cormorants, gulls and hawks. If you're lucky, you might spot migrating gray, minke, humpback or blue whales just off the coast.
POST first began our work at Pillar Point Bluff with the purchase of 119 acres in 2004. Then, in 2007 and 2008, we bought two more parcels that totaled 21 acres. All three were purchased from absentee landowners who planned to develop the bluff into luxury hotels, homes, or golf courses.
Pillar Point Bluff exemplifies the multi-dimensional work that POST does to protect and care for our beloved local landscapes. As a result, we have learned a lot about three P’s: public input, partnerships, and patience. These properties have since been transferred to San Mateo County Parks for permanent management and protection as public assets.