Hikes

San Pedro Valley Park – Pacifica, CA

April 15, 2016
San Pedro Valley Park

The lucky folk living in the neighborhood surrounding San Pedro Valley Park  must be happy to have this park in their backyards. Pacifica is home to one of the nicest ocean front Taco Bells in America and some really great hiking. While it is frequently covered in fog, the sunny days are so beautiful here that anyone would be lucky to call this city home. It still has the small town vibe which is somewhat unheard of in the Bay Area these days.

San Pedro Valley Park, hike details

This park is maintained by the county of San Mateo. Be prepared to pay for parking ($6.00) and leave your pooches at home. The day we visited there were several rangers so don’t think you can skip the parking fee and don’t you want to support your local parks? There are restrooms, picnic tables, and a visitor center in the main parking area along with a larger meadow that could accommodate groups with BBQs and volleyball courts.

The loop we did began on the other side of the parking lot from the restrooms, behind the visitor center. You cross a short bridge into the group picnic area and then continue on that path to the Weiler Ranch Trail. Continue on Weiler Ranch trail for about a mile until you meet with Hazelnut Trail on your right. Hazelnut Trail will take you back to the parking lot. The entire loop is about 4.5 miles.

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Making our way up the stroller friendly Hazelnut Trail.

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Ocean views through the Manzanita.

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Plenty of Calypso Orchids growing during spring.

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Wildflowers growing everywhere! A perfect opportunity to teach your little one the native flowers of California.

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View from the top.

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A Eucalyptus grove.

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Winding back down to the parking lot.

Wildflowers and ocean views

San Pedro Valley Park is beautiful in spring time and worth a visit for the wildflowers and ocean views. The elevation gain is great for a good trail run but not too steep for the novice hiker. As you head back into the valley, you are surrounded by green covered mountains with little site of civilization except for the neighborhood below. It is worth a drive from the city to take your little one on this nature hike.

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