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This site is located adjacent to the California coast in northern San Mateo County, about 15 mi (25 km) south-southwest of downtown San Francisco (Fig. 1). From San Francisco, take 1–280 south to its intersection with California 1, then follow California 1 southward for approximately 9 mi (15 km) to San Pedro Avenue in Pacifica. From the central San Francisco Peninsula, take California 92 westward to its intersection with California 1 in Half Moon Bay, then proceed northward on California 1 for approximately 10 mi (16 km) to San Pedro Avenue in Pacifica.

From the southern San Francisco Peninsula or Santa Cruz County, take California 1 north to San Pedro Avenue in Pacifica. The Shelter Cove locality (Stop 1) can be reached by taking San Pedro Avenue west for three blocks from California 1, turning north on Danmann Road, and proceeding two blocks north to Shelter Cove Road. At present (July 1986), Shelter Cove Road is a privately maintained access that has sustained substantial landslide damage and is passable only on foot. The property at Shelter Cove is private, and permission to enter must be obtained from the owners (Telegan Realty, Pacifica, California). Roadcuts along California 1 are located south of San Pedro Avenue. Stop 2 is located 0.7 mi (1.1 km) to the south on the northwest side of the highway. Stop 3 in the Devil’s Slide area is located 0.6 mi (1 km) farther south along California 1 and Stop 4 another 0.7 mi (1.1 km) to the south. Stops 2,3, and 4 are subject to heavy traffic and have limited parking along a narrow, twisting, and dangerous roadway. Exposures are close to the roadway, so great caution should be exercised.

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