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Coastside Trail

EASY 134 reviews

Coastside Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Half Moon Bay, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.6 miles
144 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


bird watching


partially paved

rails trails



no dogs

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 Coastside Trail between Roosevelt and Francis Beaches; horses are not permitted. Restrooms are adjacent to parking areas.

27 days ago

Easy trail and good view. Sparse Pokémon stops and gym. Good way to relax yourself in the late afternoon.

We loved this trail! We were able to watch hawks and sea birds as well as seals.

1 month ago

Easy walk along the coastline. Stunning view. Highly recommended for those who want to relax and chill on the beach over the weekend. In addition, I found the asphalt trail boring so I took several small narrow trails close to the cliffs to enjoy the view and the breeze.

4 months ago

This is a great biking trail for a hot summer day.
The wild flowers are beautiful attracting multicolored butterflies and hummingbirds!

road biking
5 months ago

I did single track biking and I had a great time but realized that it was a very short ride. Wish it would be longer.

trail running
5 months ago

Definitely allows dogs on leash the whole way. Great low grade and very well-managed trail if you want to clock some miles and be by the ocean pretty much the whole time. Can get pretty busy later in the day.

8 months ago

Fantastic trail, highly recommend as day getaway.

9 months ago

From a hiking with children standpoint this is a fantastic trail. There are several parking lots in the area and each appears to have bathroom facilities. The trails are well maintained and a mix of dirt and pavement. The nice thing here is that you are never far from beach access or any of the smaller walking trails along the bluffs. This is great when the kids want to choose their own adventure. As of this writing the fee to enter and park is $10.00.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nice paved trail and flat, just watch out for Trail president on traffic patrol. lol.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easy and pleasant and much of it is along the ocean. You can detour to one of the beaches, although half moon bay state beach is quite crowded.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Nice easy walk on paved trail. Takes a bit to get to the ocean, but it is a beautiful site.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I loved this paved path along the ocean. Restrooms were available along the way. Today was a cold, bright sunny day, perfect visibility for ocean viewing. It would be fun on a bike as well. A great trail, however flat, to get outside for some fresh air, exercise and views.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Good trail for family with kids. Flat path with ocean view but isn't spectacular.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beautiful day walking with Lucy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Five stars simply for the view not really the hike. I lived near the RItz for a few years and would do a combination of the trail and the beach. On a nice low tide you can walk the entire distance on the beach or there are a few places you can go up and down to the beach and trail to change things up

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Parked at The Ritz for free, beautiful hike, spent some time on the beach then headed to Sams chowder house for lunch!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nice walk along the beach/coastline

mountain biking
Monday, March 24, 2014

Very scenic place and fun for an afternoon mountain bike ride.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

We went here based on the reviews. It was not exactly what we thought , it was actually even better. As long as the weather holds, this trail is a great way to have some time on the coast.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It rain the day we went form the hike which made it more difficult. It got colder as we hiked deep into the trials, but it was worth the effort. Easy to moderate hike. Definitely layer up when hiking there. We also saw a couple of wild rabbits.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Beautiful stunning vistas on this coastal trail. I only remembered to track it one way, but it was a nice hike. Lots of ruts in places, spots to walk the beach, and in early May the wildflowers are gorgeous! Wind advisory today made it tough (30-35 mph gusts), but worth it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

One of my favorite places during winter time when I don't want to drive too much.

Friday, July 15, 2011

fun coast line trail,, alot of the trail was closed to protect the snowy plovers, but I was able to walk up the coast on the sand around this area

road biking
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