Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

We went here yesterday, a Sunday in August, and didn't get onto the trail until around 1pm. We started on the Purisima Creek Trail, which was entirely shaded (which we prefer on a hot day!). There weren't too many other hikers, and we didn't see any horses, although we saw plenty of evidence of them on the trail. Craig Britton is a single file path, and still mostly shaded. There are some beautiful views of the coast and you can see above the fog. Once we got to Harkins trail, we were mostly in the sun and it got pretty hot. It gets more crowded towards the parking lots, and although there were some tourists towards the end of the trail, we didn't see many other hikers during the three hours we hiked. As far as wildlife, we saw some quail, a banana slug, and some other small birds. Can't wait to do it again!

13 days ago

It is paved and goes mostly through a golf club. It was awful.

What a wonderful place. Beautiful views from the cliff top, saw an incredibly elegant Grey Heron that was patient enough to let me take some great photos, some kind of bird of prey hovering literally right at eye level and, if you’re OK with a steep descent, an almost deserted beach to walk. Totally recommended.

FYI all road access has been cut off to the public so, don't waste your time.

Arrived 7:30a on Saturday and snagged the last space in the lot, which can’t hold more than 8-10 cars. Hiked this lovely loop counter clockwise, so I was going downhill on the very steep Haskins Ridge trail. My knees don’t thank me. Did the loop in a bit over 3 hours with lots of photo stops. Lots of second growth Redwoods, ferns, and burbling creeks at the lower elevations. Sunny with views at higher elevations. Didn’t encounter very many people until the last third of the hike. Nothing spectacular, but this was an exceedingly pleasant hike.

walking
1 month ago

The trails start just up the street from the parking lot to the right and are pretty well marked. There’s effectively no elevation change, and one of the options further from the cliff’s edge is basically a fire road - so it’s an easy stroll. Lovely coastal views abound!

And of course, the beach is nice too, which is accessible from the parking lot.

Fantastic trail, highly recommend as day getaway.

hiking
2 months ago

Don’t freak out about going up the road where all the forbidding Air Force signs are :) It’s literally 15 feet, then you’re on the trail off to the right. Decent signage along the way, minimal elevation change, easy and beautiful hike along the cliffs! Not crowded at all on the trail but the parking lot was full because of beach goers.

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.

trail running
3 months ago

It was okay. Nice views but a paved and boring trail that goes through a golf course. Would probably go right at the parking lot instead of left if I come here again

hiking
3 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.

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.

4 months ago

Pretty little walk going past some lovely coastal views. Hang out by one of the beaches and watch the waves crashing onto boulders. Peaceful ♥️

on Coastal Trail

walking
4 months ago

Scenic walk alongside beach cliffs. First meanders around Four Seasons properties, then crosses a golf course, and then continues along fields. Fairly popular but not too crowded. Several opportunities to go down to the water towards the southern side of the walk. Windy.

The trail was nice and easy... meaning it was paved and went next to the Ritz.... it’s certainly not a trail it’s for golf carts. The beach is the nicest part at the end and you can let your dogs run off leash. But be prepared for people from the hotel and golf course looking at you oddly as you hike past.

nice area for an easy walk, enjoy the scenery and ocean breeze

Beautiful, easy walk. Many trail bikers too

Glorious views and magical trek through the redwoods.

Great trail! Nice ocean view about half way in.

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

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

trail running
7 months ago

A little muddy a day after rain. Paved further down. Nice being by the beach. Good trail and also with a dog.

walking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail to find and run, walk, or bike on. Easy parking. Brought my dog and ventured down to a beach below the cliffs after the walk.

walking
11 months ago

Very easy trail. Only things to watch for are golfers and if there's an event going on at the Ritz Carlton

mountain biking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fun.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Warning. Obey stop signs. COMPLETELY STOP. on the road into beach. Police hidden at each stop sign.

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 :)

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