Cowell-Purisima Trail

San Mateo County, California

Elevation Gain1,145ft
Trailhead Elevation178ft
Elevation Min/Max41/178ft
Elevation Start/End178/178ft

Cowell-Purisima Trail

Cowell-Purisima Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Mateo County, California. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 178 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,145 feet. The Cowell Purisma Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restroom and a bench. Along the trail there is a beach. Near the end of the trail is a viewpoint.

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Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

San Mateo County
Nearby City
California State Parks, San Mateo Coast Sector Office, 95 Kelly Ave., off of CA 1, Half Moon Bay 94019; (650) 7268819; Peninsula Open Space Trust, 222 High St., Palo Alto 94301; (650) 854-7696;
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Dec 2018