Mori Point is a 105-acre promontory that lies between Sharp Park and Rockaway beaches and consists of coastal bluffs, coastal prairie, and freshwater ponds. When marsh restoration work took place here to help improve the habitat for the endangered San Francisco garter snake and the threatened red-legged frog it also lead to the creation of an accessible level trail that stretches to the ocean. The network of other trails that course through the park mostly climb a gentle to moderate slope over bumpy terrain–manageable in a motorized wheelchair except for a very steep section that leads to the point. The park is bounded by Laguna Salada Marsh and Sharp Park Municipal Golf Course to the north; by Sweeney Ridge to the east; and by the Calera Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant to the south.
Trails and Pathways
- Old Mori Trail
- Time to Complete:
- 45 minutes
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
The Old Mori Trail is basically a linear path to the ocean. On a rare warm, fog-less summer day; summer typically brings cool weather and fog to the north coast, I was treated to a dazzling wildflower display that included a pink patch of Farewell to Spring that blanketed a north-facing slope. You’ll start out following alongside some housing but a tall wood fence blocks your view of it. After less than a half-mile you come to Lishumsha Trail on your left. This trail travels closer to the bluffs and in less than a quarter-mile rejoins Old Mori Trail by the ocean; it is more challenging but the views are worth the effort. If you stay on Old Mori you can meander around a native plant garden then cross a marsh on a boardwalk. Once at the ocean you can continue uphill to a levee trail that separates Sharp Park Golf Course from the ocean. From this elevated vantage point you may spot pelicans skimming the water, shorebirds probing the sand and occasionally, sea lions. To the south another .5 miles is Pacifica Pier. Although this route requires careful navigation around the ruts and is quite bumpy, the sweeping views are worth the effort.
To extend your visit you could connect via a sidewalk along Hwy 1 a short distance, to Calera Creek Trail. This paved .75 mile trail runs through restored wetlands to Rockaway Beach.
More Info: A section of trail is boardwalk.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria
unless otherwise noted.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Located at the foot of Mori Point Rd.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Located at the parking area on Mori Point Rd