Cowell-Purisima Trail

EASY 26 reviews

Cowell-Purisima Trail is a 7 mile lightly 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

road biking

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

The southern portion of this country road trail is only open on the weekends and Federal holidays.

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6 days ago

Beautiful view

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7 days ago

Note that the southern portion of this country road trail is only open on the weekends and Federal holidays. We started at the southern entrance of the trail by "Bob's" farm stand. As you proceed north toward Cowell Beach (one the best looking beaches in Northern California), you find yourself on a high bluff. To the left (west) you hear the waves breaking on the rocks below. You only have a peek-a-boo view of the ocean and steep cliffs due to the brush and weeds. Be extremely careful if you try to obtain better views of the Pacific as it is long way down if you should slip. To the right (east) of the country road trail is the agricultural side that is bordered by a wire fence. You have peaceful views of beef cattle, rusty vintage farm equipment, pumpkin patches, and the costal crops of Brussels sprouts, and artichokes. You will also walk past large hedges of poison oak. Overhead look for brown pelicans as they seem to fly at eye level due to the updrafts of the cliffs. This mostly level trail of slightly more than six miles round trip provides an adequate work out. You walk on three newly built bridges over steep gullies. The day of our hike (Sunday, October 8, 2017) the trail was lightly traveled, but there were many large events occurring in the Bay Area that weekend. Because you are walking on a high bluff by the ocean be aware that there is a constant breeze here even when the "coast is clear". Excellent signage on the trail concerning Native Americans, farming, wildlife, and history are to be found. At the end of the trail you are rewarded with spectacular views of Cowell Beach. For those with energy one can climb down a wooden staircase to this wide open wonderful beach. The San Mateo coast is breathtaking in its beauty. Maybe we should keep it a secret?

12 days ago

Trail was closed today. The only sign posted was at the north parking lot along the trail to the bluff overlook. The sign said due to funding that the trail will not be consistently open. Wish that was on the website as well. the North parking lot was open and you can hike out to the bluff then down to the ocean and beach. The north gate for the trail was locked. The parking lot for the south gate was locked.

The hike out to the bluff and down to the ocean and beach was beautiful. Not many people present but definitely a well used trail. Would do that hike again.

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18 days ago

Beautiful, relaxing, easy walking

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2 months ago

No dogs and the trail is closed.

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2 months ago

If you are looking for an easy trail, with ocean views & light traffic, this is a good option. Did it with a 4-months pregnant friend and she was fine. The only downside is a lack of available parking at the North end of the trail. We had to park on the street 1/2 mile up on Miramontes Point Rd and walk back down to the parking lot/trail head on the shoulder of a busy road. Though when we left, I also saw that people parked just outside the lot on the shoulder of Hwy 1.

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