DevilsSlideWalk logo square nodateEver wonder what our local whales are up to? Then grab your family, your dog(s) and come on down to the first annual Pacifica Pup Walk & Whale Talk! This is your chance to discover the fascinating world of whales on the coastside, while taking a beautiful oceanside stroll and supporting a great cause.

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Marine naturalists
 will be on hand to answer and
accompany the first group to leave at 10am, so be there early! And while we can't guarantee whale-sightings, the season for humpback whale migration is from June to November, so it's definitely possible.


Paul Jones has been leading natural history trips from the Gulf of the Farallones to Alaska to Mexico for over 35 years. He was a founding member of the San Pedro Creek Watershed Coalition and has been active in open space issues in Pacifica for years. He recently retired from the EPA, where he worked in wetland and stream protection programs for 27 years. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Sciences and a Masters in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State University, where he co-taught an intertidal ecology class for 10 years. 

Izzy Szczepaniak holds a M.S. from San Francisco State University and is both a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the research project lead for Golden Gate Cetacean Research. Izzy has studied harbor porpoises in the Gulf of the Farallones and humpback whales in California and Costa Rica for the past 35 years. Izzy is one of Oceanic Society’s longest running wildlife naturalists, guiding both whale watching programs and international expeditions since 1983.

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Snacks and water (for both people and pups) will be provided along the ADA-accessible, fully-paved Pacifica Coastal Trail.

The length of the out and back walking course is 1.9 miles from the Pacifica Community Center. You can walk the whole trail, or if you and/or your pup get pooped, you can turn back at 
the 0.5 mile viewing point, the 0.7 mile viewing point or continue all the way to Rockaway Beach which is a distance of 0.9 miles. 

Please note that your dog must be on a leash on Pacifica Beach Trails at all times.DSPWWT Owner pup on Switchbacks 1200x630

Lunch is available at the Pacifica Community Center for $10 per person. 

Check our Check-In/Start Schedule page for starting times, location, parking information and additional details.* You can also "Follow" the Devil's Slide Pup Walk and Whale Talk on Twitter or "Like" us on Facebook to receive regular event updates.  

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(Please note that you are free to turn back at the 0.5 mile viewing point or the 0.7 mile viewing point if you don't wish to complete the full route.) 

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Please note that the route is subject to change based on CalTrans or local government requirements and/or weather conditions.