Ano Nuevo Point Trail

Half Moon Bay, California

Ano Nuevo Point Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail passes along marine terraces through coastal scrub out to Point Año Nuevo. A massive sand dune on the point offers a sweeping view over Año Nuevo Island and surrounding coastal waters. The island features an abandoned lighthouse, and is home to harbor seals, California sea lions, and Steller sea lions. An elephant seal breeding area lies on the mainland. The intimate meeting between hikers and seals along this route is unsurpassed. The hike is easy and flat, following a good trail. From the staging area, the walk is mainly in the sand. Near the point, you may encounter seals sleeping in the trail; stay as far from the animals as possible. During the breeding season, from December to March, access to the Wildlife Protection Area is only by guided walk."

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Trail Information

Half Moon Bay
Nearby City
3.2
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Day Hike
Duration
Year-round
Season
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Local Contacts
USGS Point Ano Nuevo
Local Maps
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