Catch a Sunset Overlooking Mussel Rock

San Francisco Mussel Rock Parking Area

Added by Josiah Roe

Sea cliffs, wine (optional, but recommended), and excellent views up and down the coast where the San Andreas fault meets the Pacific Ocean.

Mussel rock, a three-story, 50 million year old rock that has been carried some 500 miles northwest from Southern California, is where the San Andreas fault meets the Pacific Ocean.

It's also an excellent spot to drink some wine and catch a sunset.

From San Francisco, take Highway 1 south towards Pacifica and exit at the Monterrey Road / Palmetto Avenue exit. Go right on Monterrey and take an immediate right on Palmetto. Go a quarter mile and then take a left on Westline drive till it dead-ends into a parking lot.

There are several trails around Mussel Rock park, including an unofficial trail that leads to a couple of nice ledges overlooking the rock. Throw a blanket down and enjoy the view.

Pack List

  • Blanket
  • Bottle of rosé
  • Warm jacket
  • Scarf
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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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Picnic Area

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6 months ago

Truly Breathtaking Views

Unfortunately, the views weren't as easy to catch a glimpse of because we weren't able to find the unofficial trail that led to the ledges spoken of in the adventure notes. In fact the entire area seemed very lowkey and not very official, although it is listed as a city park...

6 months ago

Added by Josiah Roe

The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark. - John Muir

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