Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Half Moon Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fantastic trail, highly recommend as day getaway.

We did a 16 mile hike and ended up on this. Some spots were very muddy. It was tough with some steep inclines. Wish there were more restrooms. Great views and you'll run into some rabbits and banana slugs.

2 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.

2 months ago

So beautiful

Horribly crowded felt like a tourist attraction in the city, everyone unnecessarily rude or weird. Many people who I met on the trail where very unfriendly it felt like a walk through sf not an open space reserve in hmb

This place is epically quiet. I started at the Purisima creek trail, went left at Craig Britton trail and took another left when it met up with the Harkins Ridge Trail to make the full loop back to the parking lot. It was about 7 miles and took about 2.5 hours. I saw deer, no no mountain lions.

Glorious views and magical trek through the redwoods.

4 months ago

Trail is easy! Beautiful views of the ocean!

Great trail! Nice ocean view about half way in.

on Cowell-Purisima Trail

road biking
5 months ago

Awesome! Nice view!

The trail was great but the trail map showing the route is wrong.

5 months ago

Beautiful views of the coastline!

It's a beautiful trails with many altitudes and plant life.

6 months ago

Beautiful views of the cliffs

Beautiful view

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?

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.

Didn't find any trails, seems to be just a walk on the beach.

Beautiful, relaxing, easy walking

No dogs and the trail is closed.

11 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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Awesome sunsets

May 2017 // You don't have to go far to feel completely removed from the city. The Purisima Creek trail snakes along a tranquil creek where you'll cross several wooden bridges. You are surrounded by towering redwood trees and giant ferns. Start from the bottom, hike up Purisima Creek trail, take the more secluded Craig Britton single track connector, then go down the Harkins Ridge trail (steep-ish) to get back to the parking lot. On a hot day, it's a nice hike because the greater part of this path is veiled by trees so you're shaded mostly :)

Great hike. My friends and I found parking very easily. Bathrooms are located at the start so plan ahead or bring flushable baby wipes lol.

We hike the trail going clockwise and it was hard in the beginning since there were numerous hills. On the last 2-3 miles of the hike it's pretty flat. Bring about half a gallon of water and you'll be fine.

The hike took us 2-3 hours since we took snack breaks and to let us catch our breath. It was very foggy that day therefore it was wet and muddy under the redwoods so I recommend hiking shoes.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

My hubby and I did this hike today. We really enjoyed, but did think that it was a bit long (~2.5 hrs).

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.

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