It’s not far to travel, but the 1.3-mile Devil’s Slide Trail takes visitors to the edge of North America with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

“It’s an amazing experience that’s so close to urban areas,” said Don Horsley, a San Mateo County Supervisor. “You can walk, run, bike, skate or scoot along a spectacular trail.”

And now you can call it an award-winning trail.

The Devil’s Slide Trail has been named Project of the Year in the under $2 million category by the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The award recognized San Mateo County, BKF Engineering, Granite Construction and a subcontractor who contributed to the project.

The project required careful planning, scheduling, and monitoring to avoid disrupting a pair of nesting Peregrine Falcons on adjacent cliffs and included coordination with various wildlife agencies, the County, and the contractor. Staff in the Parks and Public Works departments worked with consultants and contractors to develop custom, aesthetic solutions for barrier fencing; to identify native plantings; and to design three overlooks to take in the spectacular views.

The trail is paved, with separate lanes for hikers and directional bike traffic. Many convenient amenities are provided as well, such as benches, pet waste stations, bike racks, drinking fountains and restrooms. Devil’s Slide Trail is a segment of the California Coastal Trail, a trail that, when finished, will extend 1,200 miles from Oregon to Mexico, connecting travelers to California's varied oceanside landscapes.

The multi-use trail is expected to receive more than 60,000 visitors a year who will be able to walk, bike, or horseback ride along the former highway and enjoy the dramatic ocean views. Public Works Director Jim Porter and Parks Director Marlene
Finley received the award on behalf of San Mateo County.