Cowell-Purisima Trail

Half Moon Bay, California

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This is a sweet stretch of the California Coastal Trail tucked between the Paci?c and land farmed for over 150 years. Except for an unexpectedly short and picturesque dip through a lush coastal scrub canyon, the hike traces the bluffs along a wide ?at trail with unobstructed coastal views. The trail was established with the cooperation of private landowners, land trusts, and the State Coastal Conservancy, resulting in an easement at the west end of agricultural land between Cowell Ranch and Purisima Farms. The deal protects open space, adds another link to the ambitious California Coastal Trail project, and preserves wildlife habitat and over 1,700 acres of farmland.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This is a sweet stretch of the California Coastal Trail tucked between the Paci?c and land farmed for over 150 years. Except for an unexpectedly short and picturesque dip through a lush coastal scrub canyon, the hike traces the bluffs along a wide ?at trail with unobstructed coastal views.

The trail was established with the cooperation of private landowners, land trusts, and the State Coastal Conservancy, resulting in an easement at the west end of agricultural land between Cowell Ranch and Purisima Farms. The deal protects open space, adds another link to the ambitious California Coastal Trail project, and preserves wildlife habitat and over 1,700 acres of farmland.

© 2017 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Half Moon Bay
Distance: 6.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 172 feet
Top Elevation: 172 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: California State Parks, San Mateo Coast Sector Office, 95 Kelly Ave., off of CA 1, Half Moon Bay 94019; (650) 7268819; www.parks.ca.gov Peninsula Open Space Trust, 222 High St., Palo Alto 94301; (650) 854-7696; openspacetrust.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Cowell-Purisima Trail

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