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.

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!

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.

If you wanted to get close to the watershed and climb the highest peak in the area, this is well worth it! All legal route with great views, bring plenty of water and food.

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.

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.

Beautiful, easy walk. Many trail bikers too

Glorious views and magical trek through the redwoods.

hiking
5 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.

walking
7 months ago

mountain biking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fun.

walking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

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

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