Top Adventures in Half Moon Bay

  • Camp at Francis Beach Campground

    If you love to log as much water time as possible, this little gem is the campsite for you. Half Moon Bay State Beach is actually four smaller beaches, with a total of two miles of sandy shore, but you'll be camping right at Kelly Ave., one of Hal...

  • Hike Along the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

    Start at the visitor center along Kelly Avenue. Take note that the day parking fee is $10 in 2016 for each vehicle. You will then be able to enjoy both the Coastside Trail and Francis Beach (plus other beaches) with access to the amenities such as...

    5 miles 104 ft gain

  • Bike the Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail

    This trail begins at the Cowell State Beach parking lot and is only open on the weekends. From the lot, take the short Cowell Ranch Access trail to a scenic overlook. There are steps down to the secluded pocket beach just above the main trail. The...

  • Hike the Purisima Creek Trail and Craig Britton Trail Loop

    This hike is perfect for any time of year, always staying cool because it is near the coast, and there are multiple creeks that flow year-round. Even on foggy days, the fog condenses on trees to make it seem like it is "raining." Be warned that th...

    7 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Kayak in the Pillar Point Harbor

    Pillar Point Harbor is located in El Granada, about 5 miles north of Half Moon Bay and 20 miles south of San Francisco. Access to the harbor is easy via Highway 1, and there is adequate parking for even the busiest weekends.If you have your own ka...

  • Catch the Sunset at Maverick's Beach

    Maverick's beach is most well-known for the Maverick surf competition and the gnarly waves which surface here in the winter months. For the rest of the year, the beach is still a site to see. With huge waves crashing ¼ mile off shore and bluffs to...

    1 miles

  • Hike Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP

    There are two places to park for this specific loop- the main parking area on Highway 35 (Skyline Boulevard) and a smaller parking lot on the western end of the park. I would recommend parking at whichever is closest. Find directions to both on Op...

    7 miles

  • Mountain Bike at Purisima Creek

    This beautiful mountain bike ride can be started at the Purisima Creek Road Trailhead or on Skyline Boulevard. There are many trails in the Purisisma Creek Redwoods, but Whittemore Gulch is by far the most beautiful and fun single track to descend...

  • Purdy Pharis Run

    My run starts high up on Skyline at the main parking lot that leads to the North Ridge Trail head. It starts out with a steep downhill path that joins Harkins Ridge to the left. I follow Harkins and marvel at the sweeping views of Half Moon Bay, t...

  • Hike Pillar Point Bluff

    Sitting on a 140 acre bluff top, the Pillar Point Bluffs are a simple, easy hike with breathtaking views throughout. The bluffs are 22 miles from San Francisco – a 30 minute drive depending on the traffic. There is a small 10 car or so parking lot...

    1.5 miles 50 ft gain

  • Run Sawyer Camp Trail

    The Sawyer Camp Trail is a popular paved trail that stretches alongside the Crystal Springs Reservoir all the way to Hillcrest Blvd. The sixth mile crosses over the San Andreas Dam with nice views of San Andreas Lake.There are markers every half m...

    12 miles 300 ft gain

  • Explore the Cypress Tree Tunnels at Moss Beach

    The Cypress Tree Tunnels are a quick jaunt from San Francisco (22 miles) and make for a great half-day trip. Getting here depends on traffic, but 30 minutes from the center of the city is doable. Parking is relatively easy. You can either park at ...

    0.5 miles 1 ft gain

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