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Address: Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone Number: 650-726-8819
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The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is...

The kind of place only the locals know about, this scenic state park is just south of Half Moon Bay and features a sandy beach and a seal preserve, plus trails for hiking and horseback riding.

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Prepare for a walk of fitness to enjoy this beach

The map at the trailhead porta-potty states the walk is .3 miles - but this walk, although flat until you reach the North Beach stairs seems much longer than that. The Coastside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kris S
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Carmel, California
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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The map at the trailhead porta-potty states the walk is .3 miles - but this walk, although flat until you reach the North Beach stairs seems much longer than that. The Coastside Parks Association website states the walk is .5 miles. The South Beach is saved the seals - and the habitat is not accessible to pedestrian. The North Beach... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

A highlight of our trip was a walk along this trail. So beautiful with the mustard seeds and wild flowers.

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Redwood City, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

The Cowell Trail (protected by the Peninsula Open Space Trust) is my favorite hike out on the Half Moon Bay coast. It is only open on the weekend, and no dogs are allowed, but this is one of the prettiest ways to take in both the gorgeous coastline and the lovely farmland that makes HMB so special. The trail is... More 

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San Mateo CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Just out of town this will take you past farms on one side and beautiful ocean views on the other. The only downside is no pets. you can also access the beach via a long staircase. It almost looks like the Cliffs of Mojer in Ireland!!

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Burlingame, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

The .3 mile walk allows you to see farming of brussel sprouts, given the time of year and a nicely kept gravel trail they takes you to an overlook that is beautiful. You can travel down 30 stairs or so to the beach, which is very nice. On a lower tide day, you can walk petty far to the north,... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Cowell Ranch State Beach is a pretty beach in Half Moon Bay area., We have enjoyed stopping here and taking a walk to the beach area; it is around a 1/2 mile walk to the beach. As such, it is less populated but beautiful state beach.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very nice beach that is secluded off of Highway 1; small parking lot and then a 1-10 minute walk on a trail through some farmland to get to the beach. Long stairs to get down to the beach; very private; Nice 1.5 mile coastal trail starts near the beach stairs.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I've probably passed this beach so many times on my way to other state beaches in the Half Moon Bay area. Finally, on Memorial Day this past year, one of friends suggested we try this beach. Needless to say, I was taken back by the view of the beach. As you walk from the parking lot to the beach, which... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Stopped here by chance on a day's drive from Pacific Grove. It was beautiful and such a great place to walk and hike around the paths. We did not get down to the beach but it looked beautiful, but cold on the day we visited. The sun came out while we were there and gave us a great photo opp.... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

What a good find! Beautiful beach surrounded by rocky cliffs. Can get a little breezy, but once you're on the beach with the sun beating down on you - you'll warm right up. We were 1 of maybe 10 people there on a Sunday. TIPS: Get there early; there are only 10-15 parking spaces. I noticed it got fuller after... More 

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