Pacifica Municipal Pier and Mori Point
- Accessible Restrooms
- Fishing pier
- Accessible Parking
- Wildlife viewing
Trails and Pathways
- Sharp Park Promenade to Old Mori Road
- Time to Complete:
- 1 hour
- Trailhead Location:
- Beach Blvd.and Santa Rosa Ave.
- Trail Length:
- Over 4 total miles
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Mostly gentle
As you approach the point you will see Bootlegger Steps heading straight up the bluff. Before you reach them, the berm trail branches and one trail continues to the right, toward the stairs, while the left-hand trail (Old Mori Road) curves eastward. If you’re really adventurous, consider making a side trip along the stretch of Coastal Trail that takes off immediately past the trail to Bootlegger Steps, also on the right. It climbs steeply for a few hundred yards to the blufftop, where the ocean views are spectacular. In spring, the Mori Point bluff is often awash in wildflowers. I needed assistance on the downhill return to keep my power chair from sliding sideways, but it was a worthwhile challenge.
Back on Old Mori Road trail, continue to an elevated wooden boardwalk that travels through wetlands south of Laguna Salada, the lake inside the golf course grounds. The wetlands provide habitat for the endangered red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. Wood benches and interpretive signs are here and there along the boardwalk. Past the wetlands, the boardwalk ends and a broad, hard-packed dirt and gravel trail continues along the old roadway. A tall wood fence fronts the northern side of the trail, blocking it from the houses along the route. The level path travels through trees and past a marshy creek; standing water and mud can be a problem here during the rainy season.
The trail ends at Bradford Way and Mori Point Road, but if you want to extend your hike, you can follow Mori Point Road to the right (you must travel in the roadway a short distance, but traffic is typically light and slow-moving) to connect to the Pacifica Coastal Trail, which travels south along Highway One through the Calera Creek wetlands and on to Rockaway Beach and Pacifica State Beach (about three miles). The entire stretch from Sharp Park to Pacifica State Beach is about seven miles one way.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Two accessible spots are near the foot of the pier and two are at the end of Beach Blvd. At the Bradford Way and Fairway Drive trailheads, parking is on-street only, with no designated accessible spots.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – The best accessible restroom is at the pier, but there is a very tight turn at the entry and the sinks are only 28" high. An accessible Porta-Potty is at the Bradford Way trailhead.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; Only one of the several picnic tables along the paved promenade is reachable via a concrete pathway; the rest are surrounded by grass.