Leader: Gerry McChesney
The Devil's Slide Trail is a 1.3-mile multi-use coastal trail, converted from a former segment of Highway 1 between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica. The paved trail provides luxurious coastal views and is a great spot to enjoy some coastal birding. Viewed from the trail is Devil's Slide Rock (or, Egg Rock to some locals), the site of an intensive project to restore a colony of Common Murres. We'll spend time viewing the breeding murres on the rock and learning about this amazing project. We'll also look for other nesting seabirds such as Brandt's Cormorants, Pelagic Cormorants, Western Gulls and Pigeon Guillemots. Peregrine Falcons are often sitting by their cliff nest site or flying overhead. Nesting Rock Wrens are often seen along the trail. Late lingering flocks of scoters and grebes should be present just offshore. Bring a spotting scope if you have one.
Directions: We'll meet at the Devil's Slide Trail South Parking Lot. From Half Moon Bay, take Hwy 1 North past Montara and Gray Whale Cove State beaches. At the traffic light just before the entrance to the Tom Lantos (Devil's Slide) Tunnel, turn left into the trail parking lot. From Pacifica, take Hwy 1 South. Immediately after passing through the tunnel, turn right at the traffic light into the parking lot. We'll meet by the rest room at the trailhead. Parking is limited so carpooling is highly recommended.
Please meet at the Starbucks at 245 W. Jackson St., Hayward, at 7:45 AM to arrange carpools. From there, it is about 40 miles to the trail parking lot.