Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

13 days 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.

Beautiful, easy walk. Many trail bikers too

Glorious views and magical trek through the redwoods.

3 months ago

Great way to walk by the beach without getting all sandy (trail is on the cliff above the beach, but you can access the beach by a steep side trail). Dogs are supposed to be on leash, but many are off (though the trail is wide enough to avoid those). Beautiful wildflowers when the succulents are blooming. Windy, so make sure to wear a windbreaker and ear-warmer. Plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the view, or eat a picnic lunch.

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.

4 months ago

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Easy but incredibly beautiful.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Very mellow trail, we did as part of the 'hike into 2017' activity.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I loved this paved path along the ocean. Restrooms were available along the way. Today was a cold, bright sunny day, perfect visibility for ocean viewing. It would be fun on a bike as well. A great trail, however flat, to get outside for some fresh air, exercise and views.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Good trail for family with kids. Flat path with ocean view but isn't spectacular.

Amazing redwood groves and really easy and relaxing hike.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beautiful day walking with Lucy.

Prob not 5 stars but using rating system to balance out the "1 star" rating because the dude couldn't find the trail. It's pretty easy to find if you read ratings below.

Friday, September 16, 2016

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Uneventful hike my wife and I did on the way to Purisima. I did it once and the only thing really interesting was we went a little off trail to a pump house and found a recent deer kill by a mountain lion. She wasn't impressed! A one and done...

I've done everything in the park many times. This trail is best done walking up the creek first and then down on the other trails. The single track in the middle is awesome... Make sure to have shoes that grip well. There are some easy places to lose footing no matter what time of the year.... Winter wet and summers hard pan with loose dirt.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Five stars for the ocean views and the history of Mavericks. A great place for the dogs. I lived in HMB for a few years and to see Mavericks when it was breaking and being surfed was something I'll never forget....and my dog would still remember the trail and the beach on both sides of the point.

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