Best trails in Half Moon Bay State Beach

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Looking for a great trail in Half Moon Bay State Beach, California? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails, beach trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Half Moon Bay State Beach ranging from 2.4 to 12.2 km and from 11 to 46 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Just off Highway One in Half Moon Bay, four small beaches stretching south from Montara Mountain form the gentle two-mile curve of fine, white sand that is Half Moon Bay State Beach. To the east the Santa Cruz Mountains frame a dramatic backdrop to this captivating north central coast region known to local residents as the “Coastside.” To the west the enduring Pacific rolls vigorously across the broad, flat beach. The breakwaters of Pillar Point to the north have a buffering effect on the surf, and the waters at this end of Half Moon Bay State Beach form a calm surf. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer. The Coastside weather pattern is typical of the north central coast, with cool morning fog and highs in the mid-60s during the summer. Spring and fall bring clear, crisp days, while wind and rain – broken by an occasional bright, sunny day - rule the winter months. Dressing in layers is recommended. Beach fires are not allowed, and dogs are prohibited on the beaches at all times. Dogs are permitted in the campground, in the day-use picnic areas, and on the Coastal Trail, provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times.

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Top trails (5)
#1 - Coastside Trail
Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Length: 12.2 km • Est. 3 h 9 m
Coastside Trail extends along the eastern boundary of the beach from Kelly Avenue north to Pillar Point and south to Poplar Beach, offering spectacular ocean views. A horse trail parallels the CoastsiShow more
#2 - Cowell-Purisima Trail
Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Length: 11.3 km • Est. 3 h 5 m
The southern portion of this country road trail is only open on the weekends and Federal holidays. Note: There is a parking lot at this trailhead with no fee to park. The trail and parking area are oShow more
#3 - Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Length: 5.6 km • Est. 1 h 33 m
Great views of the Pacific coastline. This trail is partially paved and goes through a golf courseShow more
#4 - Poplar Beach Trail
Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Length: 2.4 km • Est. 37 m
Poplar Beach Trail is a 2.4 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Half Moon Bay, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is pShow more
#5 - The Beach at Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay State Beach
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Length: 6.6 km • Est. 1 h 43 m
An easy beach walk with shells, seabirds, and surf Half Moon Bay State Beach is a gentle two-mile curve of fine, white sand backed for much of its length by coastal grasslands and in some places by cShow more