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Cowell Ranch State Beach

Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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Worth the short walk

What amazing views from the short 1/2 mile walk to the cliffs. We had been to half moon bay State... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David B
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Peaceful

The walk trails were amazing. The beach was peaceful and beautiful due to the fact that it wasn't... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
xxgca
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The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is just south of Half Moon Bay and features a sandy beach and a seal preserve, plus trails for hiking and horseback riding.
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“erosion” (2 reviews)
“bluff” (5 reviews)
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Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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+1 650-726-8819
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What amazing views from the short 1/2 mile walk to the cliffs. We had been to half moon bay State Beach first and thought that was good but this blew it away. Got some amazing pictures. My 7 yr old was complaining about the walk...More

Thank David B
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

The walk trails were amazing. The beach was peaceful and beautiful due to the fact that it wasn't crowded. Also its one of the cleanest beaches i've ever visited. The weather was perfect this day and the sand was so warm. Great family,picnic area. In...More

Thank xxgca
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

this is a hidden gem. Great spot for a short hike to stand on the cliffs overlooking the beach and then descend down the stairs to the beach.

Thank Rob M
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Reviewed 4 May 2018

Super cool slice of california beach at the end of a leisurely half mile walk. the beach was very spacious, with pounding surf coming in from the pacific. Great place to watch the world go by while enjoying nature. the trail down the bluff gets...More

Thank Eddie_the_Litho
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Lovely bluff-top walking trail that you can take at a slow pace or turn into a substantial exercise walk. Park in either the south or north lot and go as far as you like on the 3+mile trail, turning around when you've had enough. Beautiful...More

Thank WestCoastTrvlr
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

This beach is Gorgeous.. There are trails you walk ..easy trails. And the Beach is Stunning and most day's no one there. One if the best beaches just south of Halfmoon Bay.

Thank lkirby1015
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

Whether you want to hang out on the beach or walk the coastal trail this is a great place to be. You can spend all day walking on the trails and hanging out on the beach. It is about half mile to the beach/cliffs. But...More

Thank HappyInTheFog
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

A beautiful beach with cliffs and plenty of sea life to view. Bring a camera for the incredible views. Something else to put on your to-do list. Nice relaxing stop for everyone.

Thank CarlyK6789
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Cowell Ranch has limited free parking, many park on Hwy 1. It is about a quarter mile to the overlook and then about 50 railroad tie steps to the beach. Use the portable bathroom in the parking lot before you venture out. This is a...More

Thank Wolfie1901
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

The map at the trailhead porta-potty states the walk is .3 miles - but this walk, although flat until you reach the North Beach stairs seems much longer than that. The Coastside Parks Association website states the walk is .5 miles. The South Beach is...More

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Bill-Ont
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No cost. Walk the trail in your own and no fee to park.
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