Half Moon Bay State Beach to Pillar Point Harbor

Half Moon Bay, California

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Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail provides almost 9 miles of developed multiuse trail as part of the California Coastal Trail. This northern segment from the state beach is on a paved surface all the way to the picturesque harbor. The trail connects pristine coastal scrub habitat with residential and commercial neighborhoods. The northern segment of Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail starting at the state beach entrance greets cyclists with a stunning umbrella of cypress trees. The trail threads along the strand of state beaches over four footbridges and across a couple of roads. The first couple of miles are the most serene, with picnic areas on the ocean side and meadows of coastal scrub as a buffer between the Pacific and CA 1.
Coastal Trails of Northern California

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Coastal Trails of Northern California

by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail provides almost 9 miles of developed multiuse trail as part of the California Coastal Trail. This northern segment from the state beach is on a paved surface all the way to the picturesque harbor. The trail connects pristine coastal scrub habitat with residential and commercial neighborhoods.

The northern segment of Half Moon Bay’s Coastside Trail starting at the state beach entrance greets cyclists with a stunning umbrella of cypress trees. The trail threads along the strand of state beaches over four footbridges and across a couple of roads. The first couple of miles are the most serene, with picnic areas on the ocean side and meadows of coastal scrub as a buffer between the Pacific and CA 1.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Half Moon Bay
Distance: 7.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 40 feet
Top Elevation: 40 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: California State Parks, San Mateo Coast Sector Office, 95 Kelly Ave. off of CA 1, Half Moon Bay 94019; (650) 726-8819; parks.ca.gov. San Mateo County Parks, (650) 355-8289 or (650) 363-4020, smcoparks.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Half Moon Bay State Beach to Pillar Point Harbor

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