Our scenic little town is full of big adventures. Many visitors at the Mill Rose Inn bring their bikes along, or rent when they get here, in search of that perfect Half Moon Bay bike trail. Fortunately there are trails of differing lengths, difficulties and terrains in and around this gorgeous town. Bicycles are a great way to absorb the beautiful landscape of Half Moon Bay and the surrounding area. At a slower pace you’ll observe different things, while breathing in that fresh, salty air. Biking is a big part of the California culture as well, so if you’re visiting you’ll get a chance to see things from a local’a point-of-view.
The Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail is perhaps the most well known bike track in the area. It stretches straight along the Pacific coast for 3.5 miles, along what used to be the Ocean Shore Railroad. The rails were eventually replaced by highways, leaving this wonderful space for recreation. This Coastside Trail is a destination trail, attracting day-trippers and cycle enthusiasts to take in the sweeping coastal views. This will be a flat, paved ride and could easily be walked or jogged as well. You’ll pass many great places to stop along the way, and it would be a great activity for the whole family.
If you’re into more intense cycling experiences, then the Coastside trail would be a great warmup before you head out to Route 92 to get up on the famed Skyline Blvd. This ride is definitely for avid cyclists as it will be one strenuous climb, followed by a plummeting descent after another. You will however be on some of the highest peaks on the peninsula overlooking both the Valley, the Bay, and the Pacific. Running right along the Crystal Springs Reservoir this ride is as beautiful as it is challenging. Whether you’re in the mood for a shorter 10-20 mile ride or a beastly 30-plus, you’ll be able to make a nice loop up in those hills.
Another challenging ride outside of town would be the Sweeny Ridge Trails. You may opt to drive up into this area in Pacifica, just 10 minutes north of Half Moon Bay. In the heart of the San Pedro Valley Park, this lush landscape will give you an equally challenging ride with a climb of 500 feet in just 2 miles to the peak. When atop the ridge you’ll see the San Andreas Reservoir, San Francisco and the beautiful East Bay Hills. Most of the trail is paved but there are dirt portions, and the trip can be extended depending on what length of ride you’re up for.
The right Half Moon Bay bike trail isn’t hard to come by. Whether you’re more of a road cyclists, a mountain biker, or just a leisurely peddler, you will find a ride that works for you. You won’t be disappointed by the exercise or the views of our beautiful coastal town. Remember though, that this area of the California coast is known for its fog and wind, but we’ll be waiting for you at the Mill Rose Inn with warm towels and the garden jacuzzi.