Pillar Point Harbor
and Princeton-by-the-Sea, once frequented by rumrunners and
prohibition agents, now serve commercial fisherman and
Begin your walk at the
heart of the harbor - Johnson Pier. You can stroll along the
pier to watch fishermen unload their catch of the day.
The trail south from
Johnson Pier leads along the curving shore to the outer
breakwater. Along the way, you will pass the boat launch ramps
and a protected shoreline habitat used by resting shorebirds
such as killdeer and great blue herons. At the outer
breakwater, watch local surfers catch the waves.
The train north from
Johnson Pier takes you to the public fishing pier on the inner
breakwater. From the fishing pier, around dusk, watch kwawk-ing
night herons leave their roost in the Monterey Cypress trees
behind the Shore Bird/Wharf Cafe.
The town of
Princeton-by-the-Sea, noted for its streets named after famous
colleges, was laid out in 1908 to serve the throngs of
visitors who rode Ocean Shore Railroad trains from San
Francisco to explore Coastside beaches.