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The Tunitas Creek Bluffs are located south of Half Moon Bay on the Central California Coast.

Tunitas Creek is a 6.6-mile-long stream in San Mateo County, Calif. "Tunitas is Spanish for little prickly pears," according to Wikipedia.

"An all-weather paved county road, Tunitas Creek Road, follows the creek from its source at 1,860 feet on Kings Mountain in the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean at Tunitas Beach. The first European land exploration of Alta California, the Spanish Portolà expedition, traveled along the coast on its way north, camping for three days near today's San Gregorio {in} 1769. On the return journey to San Diego, the party camped near Half Moon Bay on Nov. 16, and at Tunitas Creek on Nov. 17.

"Franciscan missionary Juan Crespi noted in his diary, 'This morning broke very cloudy, and as soon as we started on our way it began to rain, and in the whole three leagues (about 7.8 miles) that we traveled it was falling on us. We halted on the banks of a deep arroyo.' The name 'Arroyo de Las Tunitas' appears on the diseños (claim maps) of both Rancho San Gregorio (1839) and Rancho Cañada Verde (1838) because it was part of the boundary between them.

"The cliffs just north of the Tunitas Creek outflow were the site of 'Gordon's Chute', a ramp for sliding farm goods from the top of the cliffs to ships anchored in the rolling surf below. Gordon's Chute, named for its builder, local resident Alexander Gordon, was constructed in 1872 and lasted until 1885, when a storm blew it away."
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