Tuesday, May 9, 2017

1 South: Pacifica, Mori Point


Mori Point  Free parking lot on the west side of Hwy. 1, across from Sun Valley Market; trailhead at Beach/Clarendon; part of Golden Gate National Park system.  Map. 

Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California

The easy hike leading to this exposed, and sometimes very windy, promontory features stunning ocean views.  Whale watching is good from mid-December through April, when you will see the California gray whale.  And in recent summers some humpback and blue whales have been spotted.

Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California

Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California

Mori Point on Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
Mori Point on Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California

A cove off a short trail to the south from the point was the setting for the final scene of the 1970s cult film “Harold and Maude,” in which Harold drives his car over a cliff here.

trail to cove on Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
trail to cove on Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California

On the way to the cove, you’ll see bunkers decorated with colorful murals, and in spring and summer wildflowers--including the Indian paintbrush--add color to the fields.

bunker on trail to cove on Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
bunker on trail to cove on Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California

An effort is in progress to restore the area to its original landscape, as it was when the Mori dairy farm was here back in time.  (The dairy is credited with originating Monterey Jack cheese, which they referred to back then as a white Italian farm cheese.  The recipe for it was stolen from the farm by a relative named Jack, who went to . . . Monterey, and the rest is history.)  Endangered wildlife here includes the red-legged frog as well as the rare San Francisco garter snake (also dubbed the Grateful Dead snake because of its colorful skin).  The snakes like to eat the frogs and so sometimes violate the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  When returning from the Point, you can optionally take the Coastal Trail down to the pond and back to the parking lot or you can continue on into the Sharp Park area, where the town pier is.  


view of Sharp Park and pier from Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California
view of Sharp Park and pier from Mori Point trail in Pacifica, California



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images c2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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