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Mussel Rock Beach is a beautiful sandy and rugged stretch of coastline nestled at the Pacifica/Daly City line situated below Mussel Rock Car Park. The area features coastal bluffs with sweeping scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, amazing sunsets, and a serene place for reflection. On a clear day, visitors may also be able to take in a view of the elusive Farallon Islands (often shrouded in fog) located 26 miles offshore of the Golden Gate Bridge. Mussel Rock itself is a rock formation known as a stack where a headland is unevenly eroded leaving small islands. It is a popular spot for hanging gliders brave enough to jump off the area’s cliffs and soar into the coastal sky. There are a few walkable paths, though most are steep and can be treacherous.
Site Captains: Meet Helen, Chris & Jo. Since 2007, Helen has led monthly Mussel Rock Beach cleanups and our “Mussel Rock Stars” with passion and conviction to ensure a cleaner healthier environment in her residential community. Alongside co-captain and neighbor Julie who joined her in 2012, both advocate for native habitat preservation and litter reduction, particularly cigarette butts, for the beaches and coastline in Pacifica to Daly City.
Time: Fourth Saturday of the month from 9am-11am, rain or shine. Check our online monthly calendar for exact dates.
Where to Meet: At the Mussel Rock carpark located at the lower coastal end of Westline Drive by the second entrance to Allied Waste Transfer Station. Drive north past the junction of Skyline Drive, avoiding the other Westline Drive that goes up a steep hill.
Parking: Free parking is available all the time on any of the roads or at the car park at the meet up spot. Follow the signs to the car park so that you do not get lost on the other Westline Drive that ends up above the Transfer Station.
Cleanup Areas: The team cleans up the streets, bluffs, car park and park, itself, as well as the beach if the tide is out far enough for our safety. There is the Secret Waterfall nearby that is a good place to clean if you are looking for excitement rappelling down a rope to the bluff and walking down to the beach.
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. The weather is unpredictable (very cold and windy, although it can be sunny and warm). Make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks.
Litter: The team usually picks up plastic bags, bottles, cigarettes and other household waste because this is where the Bay Area’s trash is brought before it is transferred to other sites. Mussel Rock Beach is a designated Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Cleanup Program site, and is the only one that has reported items to NOAA and GGNRA which appear to have originated from Japan.
Restrooms: Regrettably, there are no public restrooms at this site.
Be sure to read through the Cleanup Guidelines before attending the cleanup.
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