Mori Point

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An elevated wooden deck trail was constructed to maintain visitor access while protecting wetlands and providing safe passage for wildlife at Mori Point

Located along the rugged coastal bluffs of Pacifica, Mori Point is home to 110 spectacular acres of coastal scrub, grassland, and riparian habitats, sweeping seaside panoramas, and abundant spring wildflower displays. The site is also a refuge for threatened California red-legged frogs and the most endangered land reptile in North America—the San Francisco garter snake.

California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake

A history of intensive recreation had taken a heavy toll on Mori Point prior to the National Park Service acquiring the site in 2004. A large network of informal trails crisscrossing the hillsides had eroded its soils and changed the natural flow of water into the wetlands below. Invasive plant species had permeated important grassland and wetland habitats.

In 2007, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy teamed up with the National Park Service to repair this past damage, restore critical habitat, and improve the overall trail system and the experiences of park visitors.

Project Highlights

  • Restored 33 acres of wetland, grassland, and coastal scrub habitat, including four new ponds to provide breeding habitat for California red-legged frogs and foraging grounds for the San Francisco garter snake
  • Built an elevated trail to maintain visitor access while ensuring that wildlife can safely travel from low ponds and wetlands to uphill grasslands
  • Constructed decks and a viewing platform with benches for wildlife watching
  • Created a more sustainable trail network, including an accessible loop and a key missing link of the California Coastal Trail
  • Installed new directional and interpretive signage throughout the site
Frog pond before and after photo from Mori Point

Continued Care

Although the initial restoration is complete, the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship Program continues to engage thousands of students and community volunteers in Mori Point’s long-term care and protection.

Each year they plant thousands of native wetland and upland plants and remove countless invasive plants, monitor endangered species, and continue the restoration of this spectacular landscape. Learn more about how you can join the effort to restore Mori Point.

oung volunteers on top of a pile of invasive ice plant pulled from Mori Point



In addition to donations from thousands of individual community members, restoration at Mori Point has received support from the following:

  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation 
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
  • Oracle
  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • California State Parks OHV grants program
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Nature Restoration Trust
  • National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program
  • Federal Transportation Funds
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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