No matter where you’re hiking near Half Moon Bay you’re sure to be met with beautiful views, refreshing weather, and wonderful Northern California wildlife. Whether it’s the Pacific Ocean, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, one of the small towns below or a grove of giant redwoods, you won’t be disappointed by the many sights that accompany hiking in the area. Though the fog does tend to roll in from sea at certain times of year, the weather is always temperate leaving you with perfect days that are neither too hot nor too cold for steep ascent, or an easy forest meander. When you’re visiting the charming town of Half Moon Bay, CA, and perhaps even staying at the beautiful Mill Rose Inn, you ought to head to the hills or the coast to tackle a nice walk in the wilderness.
Here are three of the best trails for hiking near Half Moon Bay:
- Montara Mountain Trail is just north of Half Moon Bay in Pacifica, CA within the San Pedro County Park. This 2.1 mile out-and-back hike has a number of small trails that can easily make it a loop hike if you prefer not to see the same scenery twice. Beginning with a track through the Blue Gum Eucalyptus forest where you can catch a few glimpses of the ocean through the trees, the setting transitions into lush coastal scrub and Manzanita groves, and as you ascend you will begin to see the ridge of Montara Mountain. Gaining 1174 feet in elevation you’ll notice awesome granite rock formations and the rare Montara Manzanita, unique to this mountain.
- Located off the famous Skyline Boulevard, you’ll find the accessible Redwood Trail. Built with a grant from the Peninsula Open Space Trust in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, this is an easy flat trail through a redwood grove where you may just catch a glimpse of the ocean. The wheelchair accessible picnic tables make this a great place for a snack before or after tackling the quarter-mile walk through the woods.
- The Pedro Point Headlands offer wonderful hiking trails along this bluff in Pacifica. With three short, manageable hikes leading out to the Pedro Summit, this is one of the best oceanside trails for hiking near Half Moon Bay. Explore all five of their easy trails while breathing the salty sea air, and enjoying the coastal scrub and seabirds flying around. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of whales feeding out in the bay.
While visiting the area it’s a great idea to find some hiking near Half Moon Bay, which will give you an exciting half day trip through the beautiful natural landscape. On any of these trails, you’ll get to appreciate what makes Northern California so naturally unique, as well as the dramatic beauty of coastal mountains and bluffs. The Mill Rose Inn is happy to give you other hiking suggestions, as well as send you off properly nourished to tackle the San Mateo County countryside.