Pacifica Coastal Trail: Pacifica State Beach to Calera Creek
Trailhead: Pacifica State Beach, off Hwy. 1
Length: 2-4 total miles
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentleA section at Rockaway Point climbs a steep switchback.
DescriptionFrom the northern end of the Pacifica State Beach parking lot, the trail is level for .75 miles, then ascends to Rockaway Point. A sign indicates steep grades (8.3 percent), but I easily made it in my power chair. When you reach the top you're treated to fresh ocean breezes and bird's-eye views, first of central Pacifica, then of the Rockaway Beach district. Stop to catch your breath and watch the surfers; you may also see pelicans skimming the waves. Whiz downhill through a series of switchbacks to Rockaway Beach, traveling past the parking lot at the end of Old Country Road, and cross a pedestrian bridge to Nick Gust Way.
From here the sidewalk leads to a concrete platform where you can view breakers and surfers. Then travel along Rockaway Beach boardwalk, ending at the parking lot. From the northeast corner of the parking lot, the paved .75-mile Calera Creek Trail runs through restored wetlands to a memorial for victims of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. This was our turnaround spot, but the trail continues past the wetlands, along busy Hwy. 1 to Mori Point Road, where you can follow the sidewalk a short distance to connect to trails in Mori Point and Sharp Park.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking: YesThere are plentiful accessible spots at Pacifica State Beach and several in Rockaway Beach, in lots at the end of Old County Rd. and at the end of San Marlo Way. The small lot on Reina del Mar, near the entrance to the Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant, has one accessible space.
Accessible Restroom: YesAt Pacifica State Beach and in the parking lot at the south end of Old County Rd.
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Reviewed by Eileen Ecklund, August 22, 2012
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