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Great beach and best coastal trail in HMB!

The Cowell Trail (protected by the Peninsula Open Space Trust) is my favorite hike out on the Half... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2016
Redwood City, CA
Great hike!

Just out of town this will take you past farms on one side and beautiful ocean views on the other... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2015
San Mateo CA
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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.
Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

The Cowell Trail (protected by the Peninsula Open Space Trust) is my favorite hike out on the Half Moon Bay coast. It is only open on the weekend, and no dogs are allowed, but this is one of the prettiest ways to take in both...More

Thank bcjmoore
Reviewed 1 December 2015

Just out of town this will take you past farms on one side and beautiful ocean views on the other. The only downside is no pets. you can also access the beach via a long staircase. It almost looks like the Cliffs of Mojer in...More

Thank conlopez
Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

The .3 mile walk allows you to see farming of brussel sprouts, given the time of year and a nicely kept gravel trail they takes you to an overlook that is beautiful. You can travel down 30 stairs or so to the beach, which is...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Cowell Ranch State Beach is a pretty beach in Half Moon Bay area., We have enjoyed stopping here and taking a walk to the beach area; it is around a 1/2 mile walk to the beach. As such, it is less populated but beautiful state...More

1  Thank mini33
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Very nice beach that is secluded off of Highway 1; small parking lot and then a 1-10 minute walk on a trail through some farmland to get to the beach. Long stairs to get down to the beach; very private; Nice 1.5 mile coastal trail...More

1  Thank 141MAK
Reviewed 23 October 2013

I've probably passed this beach so many times on my way to other state beaches in the Half Moon Bay area. Finally, on Memorial Day this past year, one of friends suggested we try this beach. Needless to say, I was taken back by the...More

4  Thank Eradravu
Reviewed 20 June 2013

Stopped here by chance on a day's drive from Pacific Grove. It was beautiful and such a great place to walk and hike around the paths. We did not get down to the beach but it looked beautiful, but cold on the day we visited....More

Thank 2Italylovers
Reviewed 21 May 2013

What a good find! Beautiful beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. Can get a little breezy, but once you're on the beach with the sun beating down on you - you'll warm right up. We were 1 of maybe 10 people there on a Sunday. TIPS:...More

1  Thank Megan R
Reviewed 26 January 2013

We were excited that we were in the area when the "Mavericks" surfing contest happened this past weekend. Between "all" the people, traffic and trying to find just where the contest was happening. We searched until we could find a "view' and it was awesome....More

Thank kim092663
Reviewed 28 October 2012

Can be a little crowded at times when sunny . Road can flood in winter at times of high tide. A nice hike inland. Many nice CA beaches, this is one.

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17 August 2015|
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No cost. Walk the trail in your own and no fee to park.