Peninsula Open Trust,
San Mateo County
An easy and short hike with incredible coastal views near Pigeon Point.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 2.1 mile out and back hike is easy, with a gentle grade. Total elevation change is about 260 feet.
Nice any time; lovely in spring.
From CA 1 in San Mateo County 6 miles south of Pescadero Road, turn left onto Pigeon Point Road (this road has 2 junctions with CA 1; take the southern one, 0.6 mile south of the road leading west to the lighthouse). Drive a short distance, then turn right onto the trailhead access road.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, stores, and restaurants north a few miles along CA 1. No camping.
Parking in a small gravel lot. No parking or entrance fees. No facilities. There are designated handicapped parking spots, but the trail is not well suited to wheelchairs. Pay phone and portable toilets at the Pigeon Point lighthouse. There is no direct public transportation to this trailhead.
This hiking only trail is open from dawn to dusk. No dogs.
The Official Story:
Peninsula Open Space Trust
Peninsula Open Trust 650-854-7696
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Wilbur's Watch in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to this hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
are many gorgeous state beaches along the San Mateo county
coast, where you can explore dunes and stroll along the sandy coastline.
Now, thanks to the Peninsula Open Trust, hikers can gain a different perspective
of the area on Wilbur's Watch Trail. Funded by the David and Lucile Packard
Foundation, the out and back trail commemorates Colburn Wilbur, a former
director of the Foundation who worked to protect thousands of acres of
land throughout California. From a tiny trailhead on Pigeon Point Road,
the hiking-only trail climbs easily through coastal scrub, ending at a
viewpoint where hikers can sit on rustic benches and gaze out at the sea.
It's a peaceful, relaxed hike slightly hidden from the streams of vehicles
touring the coast, and grants exceptional views with very little effort.