Half Moon Bay Travel Guide

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Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

Half Moon Bay State Beach

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/Surfer's Beach — 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 that offers sweeping ocean and beach views. 

All along the trail is easy beach access for sunbathing, kite flying, and picnicking. Francis and Dune beaches have flush toilets, Venice and Roosevelt have vault type.

A horse trail parallels the Coastside Trail from Roosevelt Beach to Francis Beach and connects with the Bluff Top Trail that parallels Poplar Beach. The State Parks restrict horses to the designated horse trail. They are not permitted on state beaches.  Horses are allowed on the Poplar Beach.

Bird Watching at Poplar Beach The Half Moon Bay Bluff Top Trail runs between Poplar Beach and Francis State Beach — totaling about .75 mile.

The green space along the trail 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.

The parking lot at Poplar Beach has portable toilets. 

Coastside and Bluff Top Trail Mileage

According to my GPS, I have measured the following approximate distances on the two trails:

1) Bluff Top Trail — from Poplar Beach's Bluff Top trailhead to Francis State Beach's Coastside  trailhead is .75 mile

2) Coastside Trail — from the Francis State Beach's Coastside  trailhead to the Venice State Beach Ranger Station is 1.04 miles

3)  CoastsideTrail — from the Venice State Beach Ranger Station to the Dune/Roosevelt State Beach Ranger Station is .65 mile (Note: from the ranger station to the north end of the Roosevelt parking lot is another .3 of a mile.)

4) Coastside Trail — from the Dune & Roosevelt State Beach Ranger Station to Miramar Beach is 1.00 mile

5) Coastside Trail — from Miramar Beach to Surfer's Beach (just south of the harbor) is .5 mile

6) Coastside Trail — from Surfer's Beach to north of Half Moon Bay harbor is TBD

Please note that these are approximate distances and may not be completely accurate.
  
  

What’s on Tap

Events

Half Moon Bay Fall Festivals & Events:

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin PatchesOctober 

Half Moon Bay, CA – The coastal community transforms into a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local area pumpkin farm…

Giant Pumpkin ContestOctober 10, 2016

Half Moon Bay, CA – Half Moon Bay hosts the giant pumpkin contest where the winning orange squash will easily break 1,600 pounds! That’s a lot of pie!

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin FestivalOctober 15 & 16, 2016

Half Moon Bay, CA – Half Moon Bay’s biggest event will host art booths, music, food and beverages, kid’s zone and the largest pumpkin on the West Coast!

Half Moon Bay Halloween CelebrationsOctober

Half Moon Bay, CA – Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities….

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.

 

Attractions

Top Fall Attractions:

Pumpkin Patches Along the California CoastOctober

The coast transforms to a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…

Fall is a Great Time to Visit the Coast!

Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mendocino—Early Fall is generally some of the best weather on the coast. Plan a visit with your family or an escape for a romantic weekend.

Whale WatchingWhale Watching December through May

Half Moon Bay 415 474-3385

Oceanic Society provides boat tours to view the gray whales as they swim north along the California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds.

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Half Moon Bay Attractions or Recreational Activities.

 

 

Advisories

The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. During the pumpkin season, traffic in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be extremely challenging—especially during the Art & Pumpkin Festival weekend. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn more about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.