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Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 650-726-8297
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This trail has spoiled us!

Much of where we walk on this trail, from the harbor to Poplar Beach is about six miles, and all of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Santa Clara, California
Great seaside walk south of the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

Get here early and get the access code from the Ritz Carlton Gate house and you can park for free... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dublin, California
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Easy and scenic hiking trail along the Pacific coast that measures six miles round trip.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“golf course” (14 reviews)
Half Moon Bay, CA
+1 650-726-8297
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Much of where we walk on this trail, from the harbor to Poplar Beach is about six miles, and all of it is paved and flat. It runs close to the water, but at some points, as the trail goes a little more inland, the...More

Thank amomangiare2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get here early and get the access code from the Ritz Carlton Gate house and you can park for free in the Garage in marked Coastal Access slots. We walked south by the golf course and the occasional golf balls and near Canada Verde creek...More

Thank joepaulsenngoro2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went midday on a Friday. The weather was cloudy and 66F with a soft breeze. There were people, but it wasn't crowded. Parking was easy at the Kelly Ave. entrance. It cost $10 to park. The trail is paved and runs on an elevated...More

Thank sgreenbergusa
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Loved walking this lovely, paved trail along the coast! You can bike, jog, or walk. People are very friendly. Many areas where you can get onto the beach.

1  Thank Deepali721
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This is one of my favorite hiking trails. It's not super crowded on the weekends. Also, for those who are casual hikers, this is a great trail. It's well maintained and goes right along the coast.

Thank Molly O
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is a beautiful, safe, well-used trail that traverses different terrain, all the while sticking close to the beach. You can go off the trail at many points and head to the beach if you would like. I saw 4 little wild rabbits on my...More

Thank pearl333333
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Easy walk, great place to see beautiful flowers blooming and birds stalking their prey. Watched a heron catch a field mouse 🐭. Caution on the path - it is a golf course and you are walking along side the fairways. Beautiful ocean scenery, nature at...More

Thank 531veran
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

This trail is quiet, paved, flat, accessible. We spent two hours early morning just leisurely walking. You can skate, jog, bike, etc. dog friendly trail for locals and tourists. Beautiful views of the Pacific and gorgeous wildflowers in bloom in July.

Thank TW719
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We parked at the Ritz (you don't have to pay for valet if you tell them you want coastal access). The beginning of the trail is along the golf course, and then you he a sign that says end of trail. Continue walking past the...More

1  Thank Amy W
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Best to access this walk from the State Beach and work south. At the south end are cemented stairs down to the beach, but you have to haul things a long way to get there. Access from the Ritz Carlton will cost $35 per day...More

Thank CalGreyNomad
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24 July 2017|
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Response from TW719 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Dogs are allowed on the trail, on the beach, everywhere we went!
Julie S
2 September 2016|
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Response from 723rudyg | Reviewed this property |
you can do both but the trail we traveled only went 1 mile
dzoara f
24 July 2016|
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Response from Patricia B | Reviewed this property |
There is no need pay. You can just find a place to park and hike. We chose to park at Francis Beach and walk to the Ritz Carlton. There was a small fee to park at the beach.