HALF MOON BAY, CA
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95 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-8819
The Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail stretches from Half Moon Bay State Park to Miramar -- totaling nearly 3 miles. With its well paved path, the bluff top trail is a great multiuse course for walkers, joggers, strollers and bike riders. It offers sweeping ocean and beach views. All along the trail is easy beach access for sunbathing, kite flying, and picnicking . A horse trail parallels the Coastside Trail from Roosevelt Beach to Francis Beach and connects with the Bluff Top Trail that parallels the Poplar Ave. Beach. While in the state parks, horses are restricted to the designated horse trail and are not permitted on State Beaches. Horses are allowed on the Poplar Ave. Beach.
The green space along the trail between the Half Moon Bay State Beach and the Bluff Top Park (Poplar Beach) is ideal for bird watching. Large hawks often sit on the split rail fence and park benches -- sometimes allowing visitors to come within 6 feet of them.
Half Moon Bay State Park provides plenty of day use parking, RV and tent campgrounds and restrooms.
Weather / Temperature:
The major weather pattern for Half Moon Bay is fog in the summer, crisp, clear days in the fall and spring, and wet, windy winters. Temperatures are moderate with the summer highs in the mid 60's and winter lows in the mid 40's.
Summer fog is most common in the mornings and evenings.
Even on sunny spring or summer days, the Coastside Trail and Half Moon Bay Beaches can be very windy, so dress appropriately.
The beach is located a half-mile west of Highway 1 on Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. You can access the Coastside Trail from several State Beaches including: Half Moon State Beach, Francis Beach, Venice Beach, Dunes Beach and Roosevelt Beach. Poplar Beach is a City operated beach.
No parking or entrance fees are charged at Poplar Beach. A $6 day use fee is required at the State owned and operated beaches.
Parking in a paved lot. No maps or drinking water. There are portable toilets and four designated handicapped parking spots (restrooms and drinking water can be found near the campground at the state beach). A paved path is well suited to wheelchairs and strollers.
Half Moon Bay State Beach is open daily. Bluff Top Coastal Park parking lot hours: Winter - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer - 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (daylight time). Trails and beach at Bluff Top Coastal Park are open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians. Half Moon State Beach has paved multi-use paths, dirt multi-use trails, and hiking-only paths.
No horses are permitted on the beach at Half Moon State Beach. Please, NO beach fires are allowed. Dogs are prohibited on the beaches at all times. Dogs are permitted in the campground, in the day-use picnic areas, and on the Coastal Trail, provided they are controlled with a leash of no more than six feet at all times. Where Can I Take My Dog.pdf
Wi-Fi Service -- Half Moon Bay State Beach now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service. This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. Park visitors will be able to gain Wi-Fi access when they use a wireless device within about 150 to 200 feet of the Visitor Center in the park.