Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

10 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.

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.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

So beautiful

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

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is easy! Beautiful views of the ocean!

on Cowell-Purisima Trail

road biking
6 months ago

Awesome! Nice view!

6 months ago

Beautiful views of the coastline!

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

Beautiful views of the cliffs

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful view

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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

Beautiful, relaxing, easy walking

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

No dogs and the trail is closed.

Monday, August 07, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

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