San Pedro Creek, Pacifica

Beach cleanups cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations BUT you can still volunteer for our Street to Beach Cleanups program. Check it out!

About San Pedro Creek:
San Pedro Creek is a perennial stream in the City of Pacifica and San Mateo County, California whose tributaries originate on Montara Mountain and Sweeney Ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The main stem of the creek flows 2.5 miles through the Linda Mar neighborhood to the Pacific Ocean at Linda Mar Beach. The creek supports a steelhead population and various other riparian species.

In 1999, the nonprofit San Pedro Creek Watershed Coalition was formed, with the goal of protecting San Pedro Creek and the steelhead living in it. Their activities have included monitoring, restoration of habitat, adaptive management, and education. The monitoring program is a joint effort of the City and County to identify sources of pollution in the creek. Among other projects, the Coalition advised the Army Corps of Engineers, which worked on meanders of San Pedro Creek to increase the flood plain in 2002. This is in the same area where our creek cleanup occurs.

Site Captains: 
Meet John. John is a retired Ph.D. research biochemist. He and his wife have lived in Linda Mar since 2007, attracted by its many hiking trails and beautiful coastline. John is a former City Council member and mayor and has been involved in keeping the coastline and creek pristine and sustainable. He is a board member of the Pacifica Land Trust and the San Pedro Creek Watershed Coalition.

About the Cleanup:
Time: First Saturday of the month from 9am-11am. Check our online monthly calendar for exact dates.  Rain may cancel cleanup. If you’ve registered in advance, you’ll receive a cancellation notice. If you have not registered, check our calendar for the latest information.
Where to Meet: At the end of San Pedro Terrace Rd by the trail head. 751 San Pedro Terrace Rd, Pacifica.
Parking: On San Pedro Terrace Rd.
Cleanup Areas: San Pedro Creek and adjacent areas including the San Pedro Terrace trail.
Supplies: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and reusable gloves. Extra gloves, buckets, pickup sticks and specific tools for this site cleanup will be provided while supplies last. Because we are never sure of the weather, make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks.
Litter: Mostly mid-sized or small trash, with occasional bulky items, like detritus from homeless encampments.
Restrooms: None available at the site. Closest public restrooms are at Linda Mar Beach.

Be sure to read through the Cleanup Guidelines before attending a cleanup.
More questions? Read our Beach Cleanup FAQs.

Would You Like to Join Us? To make sure we bring the right amount of supplies, to be more efficient and conserve paper, please complete our online form. It will only take you a few seconds. Sign up here!

Make a Contribution to the Cleanup:


San Pedro Creek Cleanup Location Map:

Can’t make it this time? Check out our calendar for more dates!