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Cowell Ranch State Beach

Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
+1 650-726-8819
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worth the walk

Super cool slice of california beach at the end of a leisurely half mile walk. the beach was very... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2018
Eddie_the_Litho
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Boston,MA
Gorgeous bluff trail

Lovely bluff-top walking trail that you can take at a slow pace or turn into a substantial exercise... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2018
WestCoastTrvlr
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Sacramento, California
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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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  • Very good42%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“erosion” (2 reviews)
“bluff” (5 reviews)
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Highway One, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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+1 650-726-8819
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

Super cool slice of california beach at the end of a leisurely half mile walk. the beach was very spacious, with pounding surf coming in from the pacific. Great place to watch the world go by while enjoying nature. the trail down the bluff gets...More

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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Lovely bluff-top walking trail that you can take at a slow pace or turn into a substantial exercise walk. Park in either the south or north lot and go as far as you like on the 3+mile trail, turning around when you've had enough. Beautiful...More

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Reviewed September 11, 2017

This beach is Gorgeous.. There are trails you walk ..easy trails. And the Beach is Stunning and most day's no one there. One if the best beaches just south of Halfmoon Bay.

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Reviewed September 27, 2016

Whether you want to hang out on the beach or walk the coastal trail this is a great place to be. You can spend all day walking on the trails and hanging out on the beach. It is about half mile to the beach/cliffs. But...More

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Reviewed August 27, 2016

A beautiful beach with cliffs and plenty of sea life to view. Bring a camera for the incredible views. Something else to put on your to-do list. Nice relaxing stop for everyone.

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Cowell Ranch has limited free parking, many park on Hwy 1. It is about a quarter mile to the overlook and then about 50 railroad tie steps to the beach. Use the portable bathroom in the parking lot before you venture out. This is a...More

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Reviewed June 27, 2016

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...More

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Reviewed February 25, 2016

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

Thank Tom M
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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...More

Thank bcjmoore
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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...More

Thank conlopez
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Bill-Ont
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No cost. Walk the trail in your own and no fee to park.
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