The Beach at Half Moon Bay

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The Beach at Half Moon Bay is a 4.1 mile out and back trail located near Half Moon Bay, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options.

4.1 miles
203 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly




nature trips

sea kayaking






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 coastal homes. The Santa Cruz Mountains form a majestic backdrop on the far side of the valley of Half Moon Bay. Pillar Point at the north end of the bay and the harbor breakwaters shelter and calm the surf on this beach. Pillar Point is also the home of the Maverick's Big Surf Competition. Parts of Half Moon Bay's beaches are great local surf spots as well. The park was established in part to protect the remaining dunes and endangered bird habitat. It has also been designed to handle heavy weekend beach traffic from the Bay Area and keep them off the wildlife areas. The park has about 4 miles of trails established covering the bulk of the park. Several of the trails are multi-use though horses and dogs are not allowed on the beach. Other popular activities here include camping, surf fishing, and surfing.

mountain biking
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9 months ago

Did it many times with my dog. We lived near the Ritz and were on the beach more days than not. Great views!