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Half Moon Bay Hiking Trails You Should Experience

December 15th, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Half Moon Bay hiking

A Half Moon Bay hiking trail / Photo By H. Grimes via Flickr

Now that the cooler weather is setting in here in beautiful Half Moon Bay and there are fewer days where sitting on the beach is going to be comfortable – though sometimes we get those days mid-winter – there are plenty of great ways to see this gorgeous stretch of Northern California coastline while keep your blood warm. The area has diverse terrain ranging from coast-side cliffs and marshland, to sizable seaside mountains. If you have imagined a particular way to observe the Pacific you can almost certainly find along one of the many Half Moon Bay hiking trails. If you’re staying with us here at the Mill Rose Inn we’ll be sure to send you off well-fed and ready for a great day of exploring.

Wavecrest Open Space is one of the newest additions to Half Moon Bay hiking. It was purchased in 2008 by the Peninsula Open Land Trust and opened for public use with many great trails offering sweeping views of the coast to the west, and the steep ascent of the mountains to the east. Nestled between Route 1 and the seaside, this is an easy-t0-access beauty that you don’t want to miss.

If you’re looking more to get up into the beautiful peninsula hills then check out Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park located between Higgins Purisima road and Skyline Blvd. This unique California State Park offers more than just lush eucalyptus groves and an assorted wildlife, but its also a local historical experience. The hike stretches for a few miles along the old ranch road and takes you winding through the old ranch buildings including the bungalow home and various barns. The short drive up here will also get you some great coastal views.

Pillar Point Bluff is a famous Half Moon Bay hiking trail, and is an quick and easy 1.2 mile round trip walk to the tip of this Pacific ocean point which creates the Half Moon Bay. The brevity of the hike is complimented by the unique rock formations along the beach. This small parking lot is usually full of the surfing crowd’s vehicles as they head out to catch the famous Mavericks wave. At the right time of you day you may catch a surf show of locals hitting the water. This is a unique Half Moon Bay experience, and Pillar Point is the place you are most likely to participate in it.

If you’re looking for a walk that will incorporate the town experience with a beautiful oceanside hike, then you definitely want to head out to the Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, stretching for 6 miles right along the water. This can be a leisurely stroll with the family after a meal at the Half Moon Bray Brewing Company, or a few hours hike.

If you’re in town for a weekend getaway or a family vacation of exploring the California coast, you definitely want to hit one of these Half Moon Bay hiking trails. It’s the perfect way to experience our out-of-doors lifestyle here in Half Moon Bay, while taking in the beautiful views.