Sharp Park Beach is a well-loved spot among the canines of Pacifica. Just 15 minutes from downtown San Francisco, it is one of few black sand beaches in California, getting its color from the high iron content. The beach includes a recreation trail, cafe, picnic areas, and one of the longest fishing piers in the state. Unfurtunately, four-legged visitors are not allowed on the pier, but the trail on the levee is totally pooch-friendly. In fact, it is especially pawpular among local pups and their humans—your Fido might even make some friends while you're taking a stroll.
The trail in Sharp Park Beach is only about half a mile, but you can turn it into a 2.5-mile loop if you continue on to Mori Point and Francisco Boulevard. To take the longer route, drive to Beach Boulevard and Montecito Avenue where there's ample free parking. Leave your swimsuits at home and forget about going in the water—Sharp Park Beach is known for its hairy riptides. Instead, bring windbreakers as the area can get windy, cold, and foggy.
As you and Fido follow the trail south, the Pacific Ocean will be on your right and the Sharp Park Golf Course will be on your left. In addition to the woofderful coastal views, you will see various birds such as loons, terns, and cormorants hanging out on the beach. During the summer, you may spot pelicans looking for their lunch in the water.
At the end of the beach is the oceanside bluff known as Mori Point. Follow Mori Point Road east until you reach Bradford Way, then head north to Francisco Boulevard. Walking the perimeter of the golf course will lead you and Fido back to the beach. Always keep your pup on a leash and remember to bring waste bags so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful spot that is Sharp Park Beach!
The city of Pacifica can be chilly, especially during summer, so dress accordingly!