Fitzgerald Marine Bluff Trail

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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Fitzgerald Marine Bluff Trail is a 0.9 mile out and back trail located near Moss Beach, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 75 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

no dogs

Note: Trails are open at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve however the tide pools are closed. Due to COVID-19 measures, please practice social distancing measures and stay 6 feet from one another. Trails will also operate in one direction only. Currently, the Parks Department manages the environmental impact on the natural resources within the reserve’s tide pool areas by requiring groups of 10 or more people to make tour reservations. You can make group reservations here: http://parks.smcgov.org/fitzgerald-marine-reserve-reservations, or call the park here 1-650-363-4021. Come at low tide to explore some fantastic tide pools.

hiking
22 hours ago

Great for families. See the tide pools and get in a short hike with cute picture opportunities.

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3 months ago

Great views, perfect for kids and families. Lots to explore.

nice trail with great views, but very short.

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9 months ago

Bluff Trail out, detour onto beach for some tide pooling. Followed Dardenelle Trail back

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Sun Jun 02 2019

Sweet little loop around the gorgeous cliffs of half moon bay where you can see the waves crashing on the shore and the sweet fat seals sunbathing. The second half of the loop goes through a hauntingly beautiful cypress grove where your ears are met with various bird songs. Perfect for a nice leisurely stroll.

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Fri Mar 15 2019

We saw the seals sun bathing and frolicking in the water. What a treat!

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Sat Mar 02 2019

Easy walk through cypress forrest followed by walking along beach looking at tide pools.

Sun Sep 16 2018

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Tue Jan 31 2017

Hiked the beautiful trail on a cool clear winter afternoon with the trees overhead and the sounds of the waves crashing from the ocean nearby. I personally recommend going around late afternoon/early dusk because the sunset is absolutely gorgeous. The trail in the marine reserve itself is short but it connects to another one further north to an unmarked (Bluff?) trail which leads to Point Montara Lighthouse.

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Fri Sep 16 2016

Never done it on it's own but I've done it as part of the hike to Half Moon bay. Five stars for gorgeous location/views...

Tue Apr 22 2014

Great for seeing marine life and a nice and shady hike though the small patch of trees.

Fri Apr 18 2014

Short hike. Good for families. But the real draw are the tide pools. Come at low tide and explore.

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