Point San Pedro Beach in Pacifica, California
Point San Pedro Beach is a remote rocky beach in Pacifica near San Francisco. This spot takes some effort and planning to reach, but it’s a stunning spot for adventure and photography.
Point San Pedro is a high rocky bluff with steep cliffs on both sides. Right at the point is San Pedro Rock, a striped jagged monolith that invites photography. For this vantage point, it’s worth the trek out here. Access to the beach is through the private community of Shelter Cove. You can find the trail to their enclave at the intersection of Blackburn Terrace and Kent Road. Signs discourage access but the beach below high tide line is public and this is the only way in. Don’t stop at their “private” beach, just walk right on through and continue to the south. You’ll see San Pedro Rock and the rocky shoreline where Shelter Cove’s sand peters out. Bring good shoes and warm clothes for the hike out there and plan to go at low tide and when storms are not present. At low tide it is possible to cross over the gap and scramble around on the base of San Pedro Rock.
A park called the Pedro Point Headlands has been recently created on top of the point. The Devil’s Slide Trail begins there and provides a nice view of San Pedro Rock from above. This stewardship project was accomplished with volunteers from the Pacifica Land Trust and funds from the California Coastal Conservancy. A small parking lot with access to Devil’s Slide Trail is on the southbound lane of Highway 1 just before the tunnel.
Blackburn Terrace and Kent Rd
Pacifica, CA 94044
- Park Name
- Pedro Point Headlands Park, Devil's Slide Trail
- Beach Exploration, Photography, Hiking
- No Facilities
- Pet Policy
- No dogs allowed on the beach
- No fee for parking