Brooks Falls

Pacifica / San Pedro Valley County Park, California, USA

About Brooks Falls


Hiking Distance: 1.6 miles round trip; 2.5-mile loop
Suggested Time: about 1 hour

Date first visited: 2019-04-20
Date last visited: 2024-03-08

Waterfall Latitude: 37.56931
Waterfall Longitude: -122.47827

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Brooks Falls was really my waterfalling excuse to get in a hike around the Pacifica area whenever we’re visiting San Francisco or relatives living in the west side of the bay.

For a waterfall that’s roughly a half-hour drive or so from the city by the bay, it’s surprisingly tall as it’s said to drop 175ft over three noticeable tiers.

Brooks_Falls_053_04202019 - Brooks Falls seen through the fog and drizzle/rain
Brooks Falls seen through the fog and drizzle/rain

However, as you can see from the photo above, it’s a real thin and wispy waterfall (if it’s flowing) that can be a bit hard to see, especially if neither the lighting nor the weather are ideal.

Indeed, in order to even see this waterfall flow, you’d need some good timing (i.e. shortly after some significant rains have fallen).

You’ll also need a little luck with the weather since coastal fog (which is quite common in the Bay Area) can obscure the distant views.

Nonetheless, when it comes to waterfalls this close to the heavily developed parts of the Bay Area, size doesn’t matter as much as the coastal scenery, the coastal forests, and the wildflowers.

San_Pedro_Valley_Park_094_03082024 - Nice views over Pacifica towards the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful day
Nice views over Pacifica towards the Pacific Ocean on a beautiful day

And San Pedro Valley Park can certainly deliver all of those things, which we’ve been fortunate enough to witness in our experiences here.

Of course, since the weather can dictate how this experience goes, I can attest to its impacts from having done this hike a couple of times each with different conditions.

On my first visit to Brooks Falls in April 2019, it happened under light rain and lots of coastal fog, which compelled me to do a short loop hike focusing on just the waterfall.

When I returned in March 2024, we got gorgeous weather, which allowed us to do a longer loop hike that went beyond Brooks Falls and delivered on nice coastal views towards Pacifica and the Pacific Ocean.

Hiking to the Brooks Falls Lookout via the Waterfall Trail

Brooks_Falls_016_04202019 - Following the Old Trout Farm Trail along the base of the canyon or valley
Following the Old Trout Farm Trail along the base of the canyon or valley

On my first visit, for all intents and purposes, I pretty much did an out-and-back hike to the Brooks Falls Viewpoint.

This distance was about 1.6 miles total, but I did finish the hike by completing the rest of the shorter Old Trout Farm Trail, which the out-and-back hike coincided with.

However, when Julie and I did this hike five years later, the lower part of this loop by the South Fork San Pedro Creek was closed due to storm damage.

Therefore, I’ll just describe the direct out-and-back stretch from the San Pedro Valley County Park visitor center (see directions below) while noting options to extend the hike.

Brooks_Falls_027_04202019 - The lower part of the Old Trout Farm Trail stayed alongside the South Fork San Pedro Creek before a steep climb or descent (depending on your direction) hooking up with the Brooks Creek Trail
The lower part of the Old Trout Farm Trail stayed alongside the South Fork San Pedro Creek before a steep climb or descent (depending on your direction) hooking up with the Brooks Creek Trail

So to start off, we’d begin by hiking south along the Waterfall Trail (also the Brooks Creek Trail), which ascended above a few picnic tables as well as some impressively tall trees as the canyon started closing in.

Note that there’s another trail that went between the picnic tables alongside South Fork San Pedro Creek, but that’s part of the Old Trout Farm Loop Trail, which can be punted for later at the end (provided that part of the trail isn’t closed).

Anyways, as the trail continued its climb (going past another trail junction with the Montara Mountain Trail to the right), it gained the majority of its 200-400ft climb over the next 3/4-mile or so.

Along the way (roughly 0.4 mile) from the start, there was a trail fork to the left leading down to the rest of the loop of the Old Trout Farm Trail.

Brooks_Falls_033_04202019 - On the Brooks Creek Trail as it continues to climb higher above the forest canopy (where some of the trees looked like eucalyptus trees typically found in Australia and seemingly out-of-place in the Santa Cruz Mountains)
On the Brooks Creek Trail as it continues to climb higher above the forest canopy (where some of the trees looked like eucalyptus trees typically found in Australia and seemingly out-of-place in the Santa Cruz Mountains)

That was the aforementioned short loop that you could finish with after visiting the falls (assuming it’s not closed).

At roughly 0.8-mile from the trailhead, I reached the Brooks Falls viewpoint, which has a bench facing the waterfall, and this was what I’m calling the official view.

Because the view of Brooks Falls was so distant and the waterfall itself was so thin, it wasn’t the easiest waterfall to see (let alone photograph).

That said, this would be the turnaround point if the waterfall was the goal of the excursion, especially if the weather wasn’t good enough to keep going.

Brooks_Falls_049_04202019 - The bench at the Brooks Falls Lookout
The bench at the Brooks Falls Lookout

Provided that the weather isn’t cooperating (like it wasn’t on my April 2019 visit), then that’s where the Old Trout Farm Loop Trail can be a benign option to extend this hike.

That was exactly what I did the first time I did this excursion under some mild rain and morning drizzle though I did happen to do this loop in a clockwise manner instead of the counterclockwise manner that I’m implying with this trail description.

Completing The Loop Hike via the Montara Mountain Trail

As mentioned earlier, our second visit to Brooks Falls happened in beautiful weather with hardly a cloud in the sky.

This motivated us to do the longer loop hike that went beyond the Brooks Falls viewpoint and would encompass the Montara Mountain Loop Trail.

San_Pedro_Valley_Park_060_03082024 - Another contextual view of Brooks Falls as we continued higher up the Brooks Creek Trail towards the Montara Mountain Trail
Another contextual view of Brooks Falls as we continued higher up the Brooks Creek Trail towards the Montara Mountain Trail

In doing this loop, we had the option of going clockwise or counterclockwise (the latter of which we noticed most people we encountered were doing).

However, I’ll continue the trailside description as if we went clockwise since that’s how we did it, and I advocate doing this because you can better enjoy Brooks Falls without having to look over your shoulder (if it’s flowing, of course).

So from the trailhead near the San Pedro Valley Park Visitor Center, we hiked up the Waterfall Trail as described in the previous section, for the first 0.8-mile to get up to the Brooks Falls viewpoint.

Then, we continued further on the trail, which continued to climb up a few more switchbacks while providing a few more elevated and angled looks across the head of the South Fork San Pedro Creek Valley towards Brooks Falls.

San_Pedro_Valley_Park_120_03082024 - More coastal views towards the northern parts of Pacifica as the Montara Mountain Trail descended back into the San Pedro Valley
More coastal views towards the northern parts of Pacifica as the Montara Mountain Trail descended back into the San Pedro Valley

As we climbed higher up this path, we noticed that the vegetation noticeably changed to more coastal shrub vegetation as opposed to the eucalyptus forest (which I believe were introduced from Australia, which have outcompeted native flora) seen earlier.

At about another half-mile from the waterfall lookout and bench, the Brooks Creek Trail intersected with the Montara Mountain Trail, where we were greeted with a bench facing a nice view towards Pacifica and the Pacific Ocean.

After enjoying this view, we then followed the Montara Mountain Trail northwards as it gently descended back towards the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center parking lot while offering more views of Pacifica and the ocean.

As the loop trail almost bottomed out, we did have to traverse an employee service road before returning to the trail junction with the Waterfall Trail.

San_Pedro_Valley_Park_184_03082024 - Julie descending one of the last switchbacks as we were almost done with the Montara Mountain Trail loop in a clockwise manner
Julie descending one of the last switchbacks as we were almost done with the Montara Mountain Trail loop in a clockwise manner

Then, we’d continue the final descent to end off this 2.5-mile clockwise loop hike (note: this distance was according to my GPS logs, but I’ve seen some literature suggesting that this loop was only 2.2 miles long).

Overall, the entire loop hike took Julie and I just under 2 hours at a very leisurely pace with plenty of stops in between.

Authorities

Brooks Falls resides in the San Pedro Valley County Park near Pacifica in San Mateo County, California. It is administered by the County of San Mateo Parks Department. For information or inquiries about the park as well as current conditions, visit their website.

San_Pedro_Valley_Park_001_03082024 - Looking back at the parking lot for the San Pedro Valley Park on a gorgeous day in March 2024. This photo and the next several photos were taken on this day
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_003_03082024 - Context of Julie ascending the Brooks Creek Trail on the way up to the Brooks Falls Viewpoint in March 2024. Notice that on this visit, the lower portion of the Old Trout Farm Trail among the picnic tables to the left was closed due to storm damage
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_006_03082024 - Looking down at the picnic tables flanking the Old Trout Farm Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_008_03082024 - Julie going past a signed trail junction for the start and end of the Montara Mountain Trail deviating to the right
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_010_03082024 - Julie continuing to ascend the Brooks Creek Trail as the Old Trout Farm Trail descended to the left though it was closed on our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_011_03082024 - Closeup look at the Pacific Poison Oak, which were quite ubiquitous up and down the California Coast
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_017_03082024 - The Brooks Creek Trail continuing to ascend among a combination of native trees as well as introduced eucalyptus trees
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_020_03082024 - Encountering some hikers doing the Montara Mountain Loop hike in a counterclockwise manner as we were approaching them while ascending up the Brooks Creek Trail towards the Brooks Falls Viewpoint
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_021_03082024 - The upper end of the spur deviating from the Brooks Creek Trail for the Old Trout Farm Loop Trail to the left
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_022_03082024 - Given the persistent climb on the Brooks Creek Trail, there were rest benches along the way to take a quick breather
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_025_03082024 - Looking up at some tall eucalyptus trees along the Brooks Creek Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_026_03082024 - Julie having to deal with some of the muddy parts of the Brooks Creek Trail as it continued to ascent between the seemingly out-of-place eucalyptus trees
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_029_03082024 - Julie entering an open part past the eucalyptus grove with Brooks Falls in the distance as we're getting closer to the lookout
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_031_03082024 - Looking back at some retaining infrastructure to ensure the Brooks Creek Trail doesn't erode
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_033_03082024 - Julie approaching the lookout bench for the Brooks Falls
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_037_03082024 - The thin flowing Brooks Falls after a clearing storm even though it was maybe a day or two after a clearing storm in early March 2024
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_040_03082024 - Julie chilling out at the bench facing Brooks Falls during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_046_03082024 - Another contextual look at Brooks Falls in thin flowing during our March 2024 visit as seen from the viewing point
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_049_03082024 - Looking back from the Brooks Falls Viewpoint towards some residences near the San Pedro Valley Park by the trailhead
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_054_03082024 - Julie checking out the unusual waxy-looking bark on some of the trees besides the Brooks Creek Trail beyond the waterfall viewpoint during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_055_03082024 - Closer look at the waxy-looking bark of a tree besides the Brooks Creek Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_057_03082024 - Julie going up some more switchbacks as we climbed towards the junction of the Brooks Creek Trail with the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_058_03082024 - The trees getting shorter and more wind-twisted the higher up the Brooks Creek Trail we went (as opposed to the tall eucalyptus trees further down the San Pedro Valley
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_064_03082024 - Angled look towards Brooks Falls from higher up the Brooks Creek Trail beyond the official waterfall lookout as seen in March 2024
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_066_03082024 - Zoomed in look at Brooks Falls so you can see it in the shadow of its cliff during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_067_03082024 - Portrait contextual look at the Brooks Falls from higher up the Brooks Creek Trail beyond the official waterfall lookout as seen in March 2024
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_070_03082024 - Julie continuing on the Brooks Creek Trail as the trail continues its moderate to gentle ascent up to the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_072_03082024 - The vegetation continuing to look lower and more windswept in the upper reaches of Brooks Creek Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_077_03082024 - Julie still ascending higher up the Brooks Creek Trail near the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_082_03082024 - The Brooks Creek Trail finally flattening out as we were approaching the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_084_03082024 - Julie making it to the junction with the Montara Mountain Trail, where this bench peered right over Pacifica towards the Pacific Ocean.  This was the perfect weather for a view during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_089_03082024 - Looking towards some more coastal scenery further to the north of Pacifica as seen from the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_093_03082024 - Looking back at the trail junction between the Brooks Creek Trail on the right and the Montara Mountain Trail on the left
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_111_03082024 - Julie taking another rest break at perhaps the bench lookout with the best view over Pacifica and the Pacific Ocean on a gorgeous day in March 2024
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_125_03082024 - Context of Julie on the Montara Mountain Trail as we were going clockwise back towards the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center during our visit in March 2024
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_128_03082024 - Closeup look at some wildflowers blooming besides the Montara Mountain Trail during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_136_03082024 - Another wildflower in bloom besides the Montara Mountain Trail during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_137_03082024 - Julie re-entering the eucalyptus grove on the descent back to the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center Lot along the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_144_03082024 - More eucalyptus trees the further down the Montara Mountain Trail we went as we got closer to the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center Lot
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_159_03082024 - Lower look over Pacifica towards the Pacific Ocean showing how much we have descended since the view at the junction between the Brooks Creek Trail and the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_166_03082024 - Looking up at a bench from which we could get that view of Pacifica and the Pacific from lower down the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_169_03082024 - Another wildflower in bloom along the Montara Mountain Trail as we continued to descend closer to the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center Lot
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_173_03082024 - Looking back up at a spur trail leading to that bench with a lower view towards Pacifica and the Pacific along the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_174_03082024 - Another switchback that we descended on the Montara Mountain Trail, which would be the climb that we would have to face had we gone in the other direction (i.e. counterclockwise as opposed to the clockwise way we did it)
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_177_03082024 - More eucalyptus trees as we continued to descend lower into San Pedro Valley along the Montara Mountain Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_189_03082024 - Zoomed in look from another switchback with Pacifica and the ocean in the background on the latter part of the Montara Mountain Loop Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_190_03082024 - The end of the Brooks Creek-Montara Mountain Loop in sight as more civilization was getting closer the further down we went
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_192_03082024 - This person that passed us was one of the few who actually did the Montara Mountain Loop clockwise like we did during our March 2024 visit
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_195_03082024 - Julie going across the employee service road to regain the start of the Brooks Creek Trail
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_198_03082024 - Approaching the familiar trail junction near the start of the hike by the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center Lot
San_Pedro_Valley_Park_200_03082024 - Julie returning to the San Pedro Valley Visitor Center lot to wrap up this pleasant hike on a beautiful day in March 2024
Brooks_Falls_008_04202019 - Walking on the Old Trout Farm Trail as I did the loop in a clockwise manner in pursuit of Brooks Falls in April 2019. This photo and the rest of the photos in this gallery were from that visit
Brooks_Falls_013_04202019 - Even though the weather was forecasted to be benign throughout much of the San Francisco Bay Area, it was actually raining (or at least drizzling hard) on the morning of my hike to Brooks Falls in Pacifica in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_020_04202019 - Hiking beneath some impressive (but out-of-place) Eucalyptus Trees as I was climbing up towards the Brooks Creek Trail
Brooks_Falls_029_04202019 - Now on the Brooks Creek Trail as it climbed higher amongst the Eucalyptus Trees as seen in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_032_04202019 - Approaching the end of the grove of Eucalyptus Trees as the trail continued to climb even higher towards the Brooks Falls Lookout as seen in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_034_04202019 - The Brooks Creek Trail hugging the mountain slope as it was ascending higher into the low clouds and fog en route to the Brooks Falls Lookout as seen during my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_036_04202019 - Getting over this footbridge en route to the Brooks Falls Lookout as the trail continued its climb during my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_059_04202019 - A potentially slippery part of the Brooks Creek Trail given the rain and drizzle from this morning in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_037_04202019 - Finally arriving at the Brooks Creek Lookout though the drizzle and the low clouds or fog weren't do me any favors during my morning hike in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_050_04202019 - This hazy view of Brooks Falls was probably the best I could do given the circumstances on this April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_045_04202019 - Focused on the most visible parts of the Brooks Falls as its uppermost tiers were obscured by low clouds during my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_047_04202019 - Zoomed out contextual look at the Brooks Falls showing hard-to-see thin upper tiers giving me a sense that this was a taller waterfall when it has enough volume to be seen from the Brooks Falls Lookout
Brooks_Falls_054_04202019 - Another zoomed out contextual look at Brooks Falls being very hard to see through the foggy morning mist during my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_063_04202019 - Looking back at some hikers who also braved the fairly heavy drizzle on the Brooks Creek Trail as they continued beyond the Brooks Falls Lookout
Brooks_Falls_065_04202019 - Descending back into the forest canopy as I was returning from the Brooks Falls Lookout in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_067_04202019 - Given the amount of drizzle that had fallen during my hike to the Brooks Falls Lookout in April 2019, the descent turned out to be a little more slippery than I had anticipated
Brooks_Falls_069_04202019 - Back within the canopy from the grove of Eucalyptus Trees on my return hike from the Brooks Falls Lookout during my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_070_04202019 - Continuing amongst the Eucalyptus Trees as I took the Brooks Creek Trail back to the parking lot on my April 2019 visit, and the trees actually provided some degree of shelter from the drizzle
Brooks_Falls_073_04202019 - Some of the wildflowers blooming alongside the Brooks Creek Trail during my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_075_04202019 - Continuing with the return hike as I now headed on the Brooks Creek Trail back to the parking lot to complete the short loop
Brooks_Falls_078_04202019 - With all this moisture from this morning's rain or drizzle in April 2019, I noticed a handful of banana slugs on the Brooks Creek Trail
Brooks_Falls_079_04202019 - Context of the banana slug going across the Brooks Creek Trail during my morning hike in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_081_04202019 - Looking down towards the Old Trout Farm Trail that I had taken earlier this morning on my April 2019 visit
Brooks_Falls_084_04202019 - Context of the Brooks Creek Trail with picnic tables down below as seen in April 2019
Brooks_Falls_088_04202019 - Looking across the picnic area that I had passed through at the start of the hike to the Brooks Falls Lookout from the Brooks Creek Trail
Brooks_Falls_092_04202019 - Had I done the loop in a counterclockwise manner, I would have seen these signs, which would have made it more obvious which way I was supposed to go.  The way that I did this trail in April 2019, I had no signage to suggest that I was going the right way to the Brooks Falls Lookout


Brooks Falls was near the town of Pacifica, which was roughly a half-hour drive from San Francisco as well as the other neighboring cities of the West Bay.

First, I’ll describe the route that I took from the I-80 west in San Francisco just west of the Oakland Bay Bridge.

Then, I’ll describe another route we took coming from say San Jose.

Driving from San Francisco

San_Francisco_308_04202019 - Navigating the maze of hilly city streets in San Francisco to get to a freeway or highway en route to Pacifica
Navigating the maze of hilly city streets in San Francisco to get to a freeway or highway en route to Pacifica

First, I had to get through the maze of city streets of San Francisco to even reach the I-80 from Fisherman’s Wharf, and I’ll spare those details in this write-up.

However, once on the I-80 west, I then took it for about 3.8 miles to its merger with the I-280 west.

Then, I followed the I-280 west for roughly 6 miles before its exit to the Hwy 1.

Next, I followed the Hwy 1 for about 7 miles before turning left onto Linda Mar Blvd.

Brooks_Falls_002_04202019 - The San Pedro Valley County Park visitor center
The San Pedro Valley County Park visitor center

Once on Linda Mar Blvd, I then followed this street for about 2 miles to a three-way intersection with Oddstad Blvd.

I turned right then took the next left to enter San Pedro Valley County Park.

Finally, I parked closest to the trail, which was to the right of the visitor center near the restroom facility.

Overall, this drive took me about 45 minutes in free-flowing traffic.

Brooks_Falls_003_04202019 - The San Pedro Valley County Park visitor center parking lot looking towards the side closest to the trailhead near the restrooms up ahead
The San Pedro Valley County Park visitor center parking lot looking towards the side closest to the trailhead near the restrooms up ahead

There was also a $6 vehicle entry fee for this park as of my visit in April 2019 (and again in March 2024).

Driving from San Jose

Assuming we are in downtown San Jose, we’d basically find our way to the nearest freeway whether it’s the US101 north or I-280 westbound.

If we take the US101 north, then we’d follow it to the I-380 west to the I-280 north before taking an exit to Avalon Drive / Westborough Blvd (exit 44).

From there, keep right to go straight from the off-ramp (bypassing the left turn for Avalon Drive), and turn left at the next light onto Westborough Blvd.

Drive_to_Pacifica_040_jx_03082024 - Going south along Hwy 1 towards Pacifica, which was a beautiful drive, especially on a clear weather day like this day in March 2024
Going south along Hwy 1 towards Pacifica, which was a beautiful drive, especially on a clear weather day like this day in March 2024

Keep going straight (west) on Westborough Blvd, which eventually becomes Sharp Park Road, and follow this to the ramp for the Hwy 1 southbound.

From there, follow the Hwy 1 to the Linda Mar Blvd as mentioned before for the San Francisco directions.

Alternatively, if it’s more convenient to take the I-280 west, then follow that freeway as it curves northwestward until the Hwy 35 / Skyline Blvd exit for Pacifica.

Then, follow the Hwy 35 / Skyline Blvd towards Sharp Park Road, where we’d turn left.

Drive_to_Pacifica_046_jx_03082024 - On our second visit to Brooks Falls, our GPS led us down a more convoluted route from the Hwy 1 going along a combination of Fassler Ave, Terra Nova Blvd, and Oddstad Blvd instead of the direct way along Linda Mar Blvd
On our second visit to Brooks Falls, our GPS led us down a more convoluted route from the Hwy 1 going along a combination of Fassler Ave, Terra Nova Blvd, and Oddstad Blvd instead of the direct way along Linda Mar Blvd

From there, we’d follow the rest of the driving directions as given above to go from Sharp Park Rd to Hwy 1 to Linda Mar Blvd.

By the way, it’s worth noting that sometimes GoogleMaps or Garmin or other GPS routing software might have us exit the Hwy 1 to take a combination of Fassler Ave, Terra Nova Blvd, and Oddstad Blvd, instead.

But if you don’t want to remember all the street changes, then the Linda Mar Blvd way is the way to go.

Overall, either of these routes should take a little over an hour depending on traffic conditions.

Drive_to_Burlingame_008_jx_03082024 - Going north along the Hwy 1 from Pacifica (a very scenic drive) after having our fill of the San Pedro Valley Park during our visit in March 2024
Going north along the Hwy 1 from Pacifica (a very scenic drive) after having our fill of the San Pedro Valley Park during our visit in March 2024

For geographical context, San Francisco is 15 miles (roughly 30 minutes drive depending on traffic) north of Pacifica, 11 miles (over 30 minutes drive) west of Oakland, 55 miles (over an hour drive) north of San Jose, 52 miles (about 90 minutes drive) south of Napa, 96 miles (over 2 hours drive) south of Sacramento, and 382 miles (6 hours drive) north of Los Angeles.

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Left to right sweep from the waterfall viewing point showing upper parts of Pacifica before panning over to the falls itself with a final top down zoom in (as seen in March 2024)


Left to right sweep from higher up the Brooks Creek Trail beyond the waterfall lookout providing a more angled look at the waterfall itself (as seen in March 2024)


Left to right sweep of the canyon before zooming in on Brooks Falls through the clouds and the rain in April 2019

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